Bentham Mudslide

Severe disruption to Northern services after mudslide between Lancaster and Skipton

Train services between Lancaster and Skipton are severely disrupted this morning (Saturday 28 September) following a mudslide near to Bentham.

The track is blocked in both directions with no current estimate as to when services will run again.

A spokesman for Northern said: "The mud has completely covered the track in both directions meaning we cannot run trains between Lancaster and Skipton.

"The mudslide was discovered at around 7.45am when a Lancaster to Leeds service encountered problems on the line."

The spokesman added: "We are working with Network Rail to get the track cleared as soon as possible but, given the amount of mud and debris on the line, this could take some time. We apologise to any customers whose journeys are disrupted and ask anyone planning to travel on this route to seek alternative arrangements."

Northern is in the process of trying to arrange rail replacement road transport to help keep customers on the move.

Contact Information

Glyn Hellam

Media Manager


01904 568652

07795 008693


Notes to editors


Northern's Customer Promise provides for compensation to customers who are delayed by 15 minutes or longer on their journey.

Customers can claim Delay Repay if one of our trains is late or cancelled and, as a result, they get to their destination station more than 15 minutes later than scheduled.

Any customer who wants to make a claim under our delay repay initiative should retain any travel tickets and complete the delay repay form which is available here.