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Work starts on reinstating the railway at Stainforth

01 March 2013

Our engineers are beginning the slow process of removing spoil from Hatfield colliery following a landslip which has severely damaged the railway in Stainforth.


Now that the spoil heap as stopped moving the teams have conducted more detailed surveys of the damage and are planning the work which needs to be completed to restore rail services through the area.

Investigations are still ongoing

The complexities of this job mean that it will take 16 to 18 weeks to complete - approximately until the end of June 2013. However we will not be in a position to confirm this timeline until more extensive investigations have been completed in the next few days.

We are working closely with the train operators to minimise the disruption to train services. We have also completed work which will better allow the flow of essential coal and steel freight trains to run from Scunthorpe and Immingham.

I want to thank passengers and our freight customers for their patience in this difficult time. In recent days it has become apparent that the damage to the railway is a lot worse than we originally thought and the repair work will be more complex. Clearly our priority is to get rail services running again as quickly as possible but we need to do so safely.”

Phil Verster, route managing director, London North Eastern 

Selby swing bridge

Selby Swing bridge is due for renewal this summer (28 July 2013 to 9 September 2013) and we are currently planning that this will go ahead as scheduled. In the event that the work at Stainforth is still underway this will limit the diversionary routes available to passenger services. We're working with the train operators to identify alternative arrangements during this time.

Check before you travel

There are inevitable service alterations whilst we work to repair the damage.

Check the latest service alterations at National Rail Enquiries.

First TransPennine Express have laid on extra staff at stations and ticket restrictions are lifted meaning you can travel at any point on your booked day of travel:

  • Amended train and bus timetables are available from 
  • Half hourly bus service between Doncaster and Scunthorpe with additional buses so everyone can make connections
  • Express bus services in place between Doncaster and Cleethorpes so passengers can make onward connections to London and the south