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Amid a chaotic situation of many cancellations happening at London Euston station on Monday evening, numerous passengers rushed to platform 12. They were in a hurry to catch the last train departing from the city towards Birmingham before the line was shut down indefinitely.
Luckily, the train departed 15 minutes behind schedule.
The 8.40pm Avanti West Coast train was overcrowded due to all following trains being cancelled. First class seating was made available to all passengers in order to accommodate as many people as possible.
The reason for the disruption was a landslide on the railway line connecting Rugby and Coventry.
On Monday, trains heading towards London experienced delays or were cancelled due to the efforts of Network Rail employees at the location.
On Monday night, the infrastructure organization decided to completely shut down the line in hopes of resolving the issue by Tuesday afternoon.
The delayed departure caused an issue as it required Network Rail to postpone the “possession”, which would have allowed staff to address the landslip.
Thousands of travelers will experience significant disruptions to their journeys on Tuesday morning.
The railway line connecting Birmingham, Coventry, and Rugby is typically very crowded. It is used by Avanti West Coast for intercity trains traveling between London and the West Midlands, as well as by local and regional services operated by London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Trains.
Phil Barnes, the operations director of Network Rail, announced that a strategy has been implemented to first clear away soil and then inspect the track in order to resume services.
In order to ensure safety, we will be temporarily closing both lines on Monday (February 12th) and Tuesday (February 13th) morning.
“We are currently striving to re-establish operation on both lines by Tuesday afternoon. Our dedicated team is putting in continuous effort to restore train services as soon as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused for travelers.”
Buses will be available every half-hour between Coventry and Rugby to replace train services.
Tickets for Avanti West Coast can be used on Chiltern trains traveling between Birmingham Moor Street and London Marylebone, as well as on CrossCountry/GWR trains from Birmingham via Reading to London Paddington.