Sunday, May 19, 2013
Stainforth Slide Cleanup - 14 May 2013
In February of this year, a spoil heap at the Hatfield Colliery began to slip, burying under the nearby railway line and lifting and distorting the track. Since then, the spoil has continued to move and the railway has been closed, with freight services diverted and passengers being bused between Doncaster and Scunthorpe. According to a Network Rail source last week, surveys of the unstable ground suggest that the spoil is water-logged for more than 150 feet down and must be removed. As such, a large amount of work must still be done to stabilise the area before track repairs can begin. The latest (optimistic) estimates suggest the closure will continue until at least the end of the year. This image shows the colliery and the Hatfield & Stainforth railway station, with the buried track in the distance.