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Author Topic: Landslip Crewkerne Tunnel  (Read 3851 times)
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« on: December 05, 2023, 06:07:18 »

Tunnel closed until at least Thursday, possibly the weekend:

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Cancellations to services between Exeter St Davids and Yeovil Junction

Due to a landslip between Exeter St Davids and Yeovil Junction all lines are blocked.

What's Going On:
Train services running through these stations will be cancelled. Disruption is expected until the end of the day on 06/12/23.

What We're Doing About It:
The recent heavy rain and flooding is causing earth to move above the Crewkerne Tunnel and the line is closed to all services on safety grounds.

Engineers will conduct a further daylight assessment of the site on Tuesday and the tunnel will definitely be closed until at least Thursday 7th December.

In addition to this, heavy flooding of local roads is affecting the replacement bus services running between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction.

With further rain forecast in the next 48 hours there is potential that no services will run until the weekend.

Please do not attempt to travel between Salisbury and Exeter on Tuesday 5 or Wednesday 6 December.
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2023, 08:37:02 »


NR» (Network Rail - home page) Wessex have provided this thread on Twitter this morning.

https://x.com/networkrailwssx/status/1731811726230766047?s=61&t=VlafMC5gF9tidw36b1Y8JQ
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2023, 11:07:23 »

No Rail Replacement Buses between Salisbury and Yeovil again today due to local roads flooding.
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2023, 11:18:54 »

Could SWR» (South Western Railway - about) run Salisbury Westbury Taunton and return?
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2023, 11:44:48 »

Could SWR» (South Western Railway - about) run Salisbury Westbury Taunton and return?

Happy to be corrected, but I don't think their crew sign beyond Castle Cary.  In normal times you might be able to borrow GWR (Great Western Railway) crews to pilot SWR crew, but even if that was considered worthwhile there's no chance of it with the overtime ban in place this week.
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2023, 17:56:26 »

The buildings adjacent to the line are the remains of the brickworks set up to provide the bricks for the tunnel. It was then used commercially for some time.
The tunnel goes through the Bridport Sands, a permeable rock allowing water to pass through. It then meets the clay and emerges at or near the meeting level.
A similar situation is seen on the Dorset Coast at West Bay.
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2023, 20:01:57 »

It would seem that the drainage channels had not been cleared for some time
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@NetworkRailWssx digs 100 tonnes of clay, soil and vegetation from the drainage channels around Crewkerne tunnel   
Paul Clifton on Twitter. https://x.com/paulcliftonbbc/status/1732104284815134871?s=61&t=VlafMC5gF9tidw36b1Y8JQ
The thread indicates this is the third time is as many years they have had major problems at this location.
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2023, 21:37:07 »

SWR» (South Western Railway - about) now saying tunnel closed until at least Monday 11th of December.
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2023, 22:43:56 »

The buildings adjacent to the line are the remains of the brickworks set up to provide the bricks for the tunnel. It was then used commercially for some time.
The tunnel goes through the Bridport Sands, a permeable rock allowing water to pass through. It then meets the clay and emerges at or near the meeting level.
A similar situation is seen on the Dorset Coast at West Bay.

Wow, the same rock as at Combe Down Tunnel (and, there, presumably a deliberate choice).

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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2023, 22:45:31 »

I suspect SWR» (South Western Railway - about) will be looking at the engineering works RRB (Rail Replacement Bus) timetable and vehicle availability to see if they can run buses between Salisbury and Axminster. Both limited stop and all stations services ideally.
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« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2023, 11:07:18 »

SWR» (South Western Railway - about) are now operating a 2 hourly shuttle service between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction via Westbury.

Rail replacement buses are operating between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction subject to weather conditions.

No alternative arrangements in place between Yeovil Junction and Exeter.

Above summary gleaned from SWR website:

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What's Going On

Due to a landslip between Exeter St Davids and Salisbury all lines are blocked. Train services running through these stations will be cancelled. Disruption is expected until the end of the day 10/12/23.

What We're Doing About It

On Monday 4 December, heavy rain and flooding caused a landslip at Crewkerne tunnel, blocking the line between Salisbury and Exeter St David’s.

Following an assessment on Tuesday 5 it was confirmed that the tunnel will be closed until Monday 11 December.

As a result, we are advising you not to attempt to travel between Salisbury and Exeter St David’s until Monday 11 December.

Service summaries for Friday 8, Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 can be seen below:

Friday 8 December

There will be no service between Yeovil Junction and Exeter St David’s
A rail shuttle service will operate between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction via Westbury
Due to safety checks following adverse weather. rail replacement bus services will only operate after 08:00 between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December

There will be no service between Yeovil Junction and Exeter St David’s
A rail shuttle service will operate between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction via Westbury
Adverse weather is expected which is likely to affect rail replacement bus services between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction.

Monday 11 December

The line between Salisbury and Exeter St David’s is expected to re-open

Please do not attempt to travel between Salisbury and Exeter St David’s until Monday 11th December.
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« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2023, 08:29:20 »

Looks like the Yeovil Junction to Salisbury shuttles are now running through to Basingstoke.
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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2023, 17:26:20 »

Line between Yeovil and Exeter won’t reopen until Wednesday. Line between Salisbury and Yeovil reopens as planned following engineering work tomorrow:
https://x.com/paulcliftonbbc/status/1733889758256902437?s=61

I’m all for carrying out engineering work for longer periods during the week, but feel the closure between Salisbury and Yeovil for more than two weeks has been a bit too long.
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« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2023, 18:54:45 »

Walking away from e.g. Honiton to Exeter was poor. Not sure what regular travellers have had to do to work round that.

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« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2023, 22:16:31 »

Walking away from e.g. Honiton to Exeter was poor. Not sure what regular travellers have had to do to work round that.

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Totally agree, very poor. Can’t use industrial action as an excuse not to run a shuttle service between Axminster and Exeter now. By Wednesday, stations along this part of the route would have been without a train or replacement bus for 8 days.
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