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Engineers monitor stretch of line in Harbury area of Warwickshire after section of land around 160m long slips next to railway in 'dangerous' incident
Rail passengers will face at least a week of disruption after a major landslip left around 350,000 tonnes of earth dangerously close to a railway track.
Engineers are monitoring a stretch of a line in the Harbury area of Warwickshire after a section of land around 160m long slipped next to the railway.
The landslide has forced the closure of the line between between Leamington Spa in Warwickshre and Banbury, Oxfordshire.
Network Rail said the site was "incredibly dangerous" because the slipped earth is still moving, making it unsafe for staff to even get to it to decide what needs to be done.
The slip happened at around 3pm on Sunday. No trains were on the line at the time and it was not covered by the earth.
Engineers have been at the site on Monday to examine the extent of the damage and to see how much it is still moving.
It is not known when it will be safe to begin work there, Network Rail said, and an assessment of the area may take several days.
Services between Manchester and Bournemouth and Newcastle, Reading and Southampton are being disrupted. Bus replacement services are operating between Leamington Spa and Banbury.
Chiltern Railway and CrossCountry services are expected to run to a revised timetable over the coming week, with passengers advised to check before they travel.
Network Rail said the area where the slip occurred was a known problem area that had high levels of ground water.
A spokesman said: "The railway line was not covered by earth but it is dangerous. There is machinery on the side that we have had to leave there as it is too dangerous to retrieve.
This article first appeared on www.telegraph.co.uk
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