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Collapsed hook line on the way to London is a sinker for Network Rail

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It’s not a major rail freight route, but reinstating it could be a major job for rail freight. It will take almost 100,000 tonnes of stone and steel to underpin the collapsed rails at Hook, on the east side of Basingstoke on the way to London. The line collapsed on Sunday 15 January after weeks of heavy rain caused a three-metre high embankment to give way. Network Rail, the British infrastructure agency, has admitted that the landslip will take weeks to repair.

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Author: Simon Walton

Simon Walton is RailFreight's UK correspondent.

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