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Saturday, August 1, 1998 Published at 17:34 GMT 18:34 UK


Rail delays after track wash out

Work could take nearly a week to complete

Trains on the west coast main line face disruption for nearly week following a landslide on track.

A 25-yard stretch of line was damaged when floods washed out foundations to the line near Lockerbie.

[ image: Travellers should choose other routes]
Travellers should choose other routes
A Railtrack spokesman said the track was in a difficult to reach area and a temporary road had to be built for workmen and vehicles.

He said: "Gravel and material was swept from under the line, leaving it suspended in mid-air.

" A pillar holding up a power line was also swept away and a stretch of embankment was damaged."

[ image: Gravel was swept away by the water]
Gravel was swept away by the water
The spokesman said he expected the work to be complete by Thursday.

Passengers were being diverted to the east coast line, although some services south from Glasgow were being sent via Kilmarnock and Dumfries.

Full normal services are operating between London Euston and Liverpool, Manchester and Preston as well as on all non-Anglo Scottish CrossCountry services.

Floods in Kent and Essex

The heavy rain, floods and thunderstorms which marked the start of August have affected many parts of the country with Kent and Essex among the worst hit.

Drivers faced hold-ups as flash floods closed the slip road on to the London bound carriageway at junction 2A of the M20 in Kent.

There was also flooding in Lowestoft, Suffolk, and on parts of the A120 in Essex.

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