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Avalanche West Highland Line reopened

Avalanche on West Highland Line
Network Rail staff cleared 15,000 cubic metres of snow from the line

Debris from four avalanches which closed the West Highland Line for almost two weeks has been cleared and the track reopened for rail services.

Snow slides from the slopes of Beinn Odhar shut the line between Tyndrum and Bridge of Orchy in Argyll.

Network Rail said its staff removed more than 15,000 cubic metres of snow.

Network Rail said the operation had been hampered by an ongoing risk of further avalanches in the days after the initial incident on 25 February.

A spokesman added: "But engineers capitalised on good conditions over the weekend to complete the works and restore an important transport link between the central belt and West Highlands."

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