MP wants answers on railway landslide

Rail removed following damage caused by landslip at Hatfield Colliery
Rail removed following damage caused by landslip at Hatfield Colliery

An MP has called for ministers to outline who is responsible for spoil heap safety after the Hatfield Colliery landslip which blocked a railway line.

His call comes as Network Rail continues repairs to the tracks which were damaged in February and may not open again to trains until September.

Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers, whose consituency was cut off by the slip raised his concerns with leader of the House of Commons, Andrew Landsley in a parliamentary question session. He is waiting for a definitive answer. He said: “In the short term, the most important thing is to restore services, but in the longer term there are concerns about the safety and monitoring of the spoil tips. Will the Leader of the House arrange for a statement outlining the responsibilities of the various regulatory agencies and the frequencies of inspections?”

Network Rail said work was progressing well but the nature of the material involved continued to challenge engineers.