Coventry & Warwickshire

Chiltern line landslip route closes again for work

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Image caption The line reopened last Friday after repairs following a landslip

A major rail link between the Midlands and London, which closed for five weeks because of a landslip, is to close again for engineering works.

The Chiltern line closed between Leamington Spa, in Warwickshire, and Banbury, in Oxfordshire, in January and reopened last Friday.

However, it is closing again over the weekend, affecting routes into London Marylebone and High Wycombe to Banbury.

Chiltern Railways apologised for more disruption so soon after the landslip.

'Never ideal'

Walsall Football Club, which has 30,000 fans travelling to Wembley on Sunday for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, said it had not been notified of the work.

"It's not something we are aware of - the train operators normally send us a notice to put out to fans," said Andrew Poole from the media department.

He said most of the fans were travelling by coach to the match against Bristol City but there would still be many who were taking the train.

He advised them to allow extra time for their journey.

Image caption The club is advising Walsall fans travelling by train to allow extra time for their journey

Chiltern Railways said Marylebone Station would be closed until 13:20 GMT on Saturday, as would the lines between Banbury and London Marylebone and Aylesbury Vale Parkway and London Marylebone.

The line between High Wycombe and Banbury would be closed on Sunday.

"Those travelling from north of Banbury to London, will be able to get a train to Oxford for a First Great Western service to London Paddington," the company said.

"We understand that engineering work is never ideal for passengers especially after the disruption caused by the landslide.

"However, this work has been planned for some time and is taking place at a weekend to keep disruption to a minimum.

"This... will ensure we are ready to run new trains between Oxford Parkway and London Marylebone in September 2015."

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