A sinkhole causes the closure of the Ayrshire railway line

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The Kilmarnock to Barassie railway line in Ayrshire has been closed due to a sinkhole which opened up under the line on Saturday June 4.

A large hole appeared near the tracks and the line was closed to allow engineers to investigate the damage and repair the affected section of line. Network Rail is working with experts from the Coal Authority to investigate potential mining work in the area.

An exclusion zone has been put in place around the site while expert engineers confirm the cause of the hole, as well as its size and depth. Once these investigations are completed, Network Rail engineers will be able to plan a program of repairs, as well as give a clearer indication of when the line can reopen for passengers.

Trains between Ayr and Girvan/Stranraer, and between Glasgow Central and Kilmarnock, are unaffected by the closure and will operate as planned.

Passengers can check their journey at https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ or https://www.scotrail.co.uk/.

Tom Podger, Project Manager for Network Rail, said:

“Holes like this are very unusual on the railway and we are working with the Coal Authority to identify the cause, as well as find a solution to make the railway safe for trains to pass through again.

“We understand the inconvenience this incident will cause some passengers, and I would like to thank these customers for their patience and understanding as the work continues.”

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