Wigan Today reports “A landslide has brought further chaos to Burscough/Wigan’s rail network as West Lancashire reflects on an extraordinary day of bad weather”.
The service between the town and Southport had already been affected by water on the line at Parbold, but just as that was easing, earth was sliding onto the tracks at Burscough Bridge causing further delays.
The embankment landslide at Burscough Bridge then caused further chaos. Staff from Network Rail have been at the scene, but were initially unable to carry out the necessary repair work until the water levels subsided.
Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern, said on Tuesday night “It has been an extremely difficult day, particularly for our customers travelling to and from Wigan. Sadly, as a result of the severe flooding, we are facing more disruption on Wednesday though customers can be assured that the rail industry is doing all it can repair the damage and restore services as soon as possible.
“And all at Northern will do everything possible to provide transport that gets people who rely on that route where they need to be throughout the day”.
Richard Horobin, Network Rail’s Operations Director for the North West, said “I’m sorry to passengers who had planned to travel between these stations on Wednesday, as services will be cancelled or disrupted until we can clear the water and fix the landslip. The flooding has worsened between Wigan Wallgate and Southport, but we’re working as fast as we can, using special water pumps to clear the flooding, to get services back up and running”.
Residents of Crabtree Lane in Burscough must be wishing the Network Rail Operations Director had provided “special water pumps” to clear flooding in their homes that is related to the railway culverts?