Flood-hit railway line reopens following week of repairs

Network Rail engineers confirmed the West Highland line was safe to travel on in the early hours of Monday morning.

Flood-hit West Highland railway line reopens after week of repairs by Network Rail Network Rail

A flood-hit railway line in the Highlands which was closed for a week after heavy rainfall and thunderstorms battered the area has reopened.

The West Highland Line was closed after almost a week’s worth of rain fell over six hours.

Network Rail had said that there were three sites of track damage along the line, around one mile apart between Roy Bridge and Tulloch and trains were unable to run.

It was originally estimated that the line would reopen on the morning of Thursday June 15, however infrastructure managers said that it would be closed for longer due to repairs that were needed.

More than 400 tonnes of material had been washed away from under the track as a result of flash-floodingNetwork Rail

The work included rebuilding a section of the line where over 400 tonnes of material has been washed away from beneath the track. 

Network Rail confirmed on Monday that repairs had been completed in the early hours and the line was now safe to travel on.

In a tweet, Network Rail said: “Following heavy rain flooding the railway between Tulloch and Roy Bridge all lines have now reopened. 

“Our teams have carried out the final line proving of the route at 04:30 this morning with no perceived problems reported.”

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