MP praises work of ‘phenomenal’ engineers as Furness Line set to reopen next week

19 Apr 2024
Tim at the site of the derailed train

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has paid tribute to the Network Rail engineers who are working to repair and reopen the Furness Line, with trains set to be back running next week.

The line has been closed since 22nd March after a train was derailed near Grange-over-Sands.

Tim said: “It’s a massive relief that trains will be back running on the Furness Line next week.

“I am enormously grateful to the phenomenal engineers who have been working round the clock to fix the track and get the line back open.

“This accident could have been so much more serious than it was. The investigation into how the train came off the track could take 12 months.

“Therefore it’s of critical important that Network Rail use state of the art digital imaging technology along the stretch from the viaduct to Kent’s Bank to ensure that there are no other invisible voids beneath the track, so that passengers and staff can travel in confidence.”

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