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Landslide debris cleared from Highland railway line

Landslip on railway line Image copyright ScotRail
Image caption A ScotRail image showing the landslip on the railway line last week

A landslide that closed a stretch of Highland railway line for most of the weekend has been cleared and repairs at the track completed.

About 100 tonnes of mud and stones were washed across part of the Fort William and Mallaig line near Lochailort during heavy rain on Thursday.

Travel on the nearby A830 road was also affected for a time by the same landslide.

ScotRail said the work to the railway line was completed at 20:00 on Sunday.

The normal timetable resumed on the line on Monday morning, when the A830 was also fully reopened to traffic.

Image copyright Scotrail
Image caption The landslip happened on Thursday
Image copyright Netrail Scotland
Image caption The mud and stones were cleared away by Sunday night

A spokesman said: "We apologise to customers who were affected by this disruption."

Workers from Network Rail Scotland carried out the clear-up and repairs and also stabilised areas of sloping land close by to reduce the risk of further landslides.

Image copyright Network Rail
Image caption The slope above the railway line from where tonnes of mud and stones were washed down

The landslide disrupted services between Glasgow Queen Street and Mallaig terminating at or starting from Fort William.

The slip happened about half a mile east of Lochailort.

It happened during a period of heavy downpours that affected Skye, Mull, the west Highlands and Argyll.

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