Whaley Bridge: Rail line reopens as residents return home

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Whaley Bridge: Rail line reopens as residents return home Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.
An RAF Chinook helicopter flies in sandbags to help repair the dam at Toddbrook reservoir in Derbyshire after it was damaged by heavy rainfall. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

The Hope Valley rail line to Manchester has reopened, several days after it closed amid fears a dam in Whaley Bridge could collapse.

A Royal Air Force Chinook was drafted into a Derbyshire town last week to to stop a reservoir collapsing after it was “badly” damaged during heavy rain.

Hundreds of Whaley Bridge residents were evacuated from their homes due to “an unprecedented, fast-moving, emergency situation”. Today, around 1,500 people in the town of Whaley Bridge have been allowed to return to their homes.

In a statement this morning, Northern said the Manchester to Sheffield train line had also reopened.

The statement said: “Following heavy rain flooding the railway between Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly the line has now reopened.

“Following reassessment the Hope Valley line will now open from the start of service on Wednesday, August 7.”

However, there are still no trains between Hazel Grove and Buxton. National Rail have said it is expected the line to remain closed until the end of service on Wednesday, August 7.

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