Services to resume on landslip railway

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A SEASIDE resort is looking forward to getting back on track today as train services resume after months of disruption after a landslip.

The line between Hatfield and Stainforth was closed after a spoil heap destablished and blocked the railway in February, causing a headache for passengers, with those travelling from South Yorkshire to Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Cleethorpes badly affected.

A million cubic tonnes of mudstones and other spoil had to be shifted before Network Rail could start replacing a 500m section carrying four lines.

FirstTranspennine Express, which has services between Cleethorpes and Doncaster/Sheffield/Manchester Airport and between Hull/Brough/Selby and Leeds/Manchester, will be operating a normal timetable, while Northern Rail will run hourly rather than half-hourly services between Doncaster and Goole and Doncaster and Scunthorpe to allow drivers to have refresher training on the route. The timetable will be fully reintroduced by July 29.

The first train due to pass Hatfield at 5.15am this morning is a Freightliner freight train.

Sandra Richardson, who runs the Lindenthorpe guest house, close to Cleethorpes train station, said: “The weekend trade has dropped off – let’s hope it gets back to normal.”

FirstTranspennine spokesman Matthew Hay said they had seen a significant drop in passengers, and they would be continuing a two for one offer until the beginning of September. He said: “We are delighted the line is back in operation earlier than anticipated. It is great news for our summer season, but also for Cleethorpes and other resorts.”

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