Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Botley landslips railway line reopens

Botley railway Image copyright Network Rail
Image caption The railway line was originally constructed in the 1840s

A railway line through Botley in Hampshire, which was damaged by landslips after heavy rain, has reopened.

The link between Eastleigh and Fareham was cut on 1 February after three landslips hit one mile of track.

Network Rail said an embankment 260ft (80m) long and 50ft (15m) high collapsed in the largest slip.

A full train service resumed on the line earlier following major repair work.

South West Trains described the largest slip as "one of the worst landslips ever seen on Britain's railways".

It said a team of more than 100 engineers worked "round the clock" for six weeks to rebuild the line.

More than 1.5 miles (2km) of new road were built to access the line.

Tim Shoveller, managing director of the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, thanked customers for their patience.

He added: "We have worked hard to try and minimise the disruption for passengers and have provided regular bus services to keep people on the move, but nonetheless, we know that some passengers will have experienced changes to their journeys with us and we can only apologise for that."

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