A LANDSLIP is causing rail disruption this evening and issues are expected to continue into Thursday. 

The incident happened in Dewsbury and one of the two lines in the area is closed.

This is affecting services from Leeds towards Huddersfield and a diversion is in place.

Trains heading towards Leeds are still running but are subject to delays.

Network Rail said its teams are on site investigating the problem and are "working around the clock to repair the issue". 

However, disruption is expected to carry on into Thursday while repair work continues and a further update will be provided, said Network Rail.

Passengers are being encouraged to check their journey before they travel via National Rail Enquiries or their train operator, with TransPennine Express and Northern trains being affected.

As a result of diversions, services from Leeds will not call at Morley, Batley, Dewsbury, Mirfield and Brighouse.  

Ticket acceptance is in place between both operators.

Matt Rice, route director for Network Rail’s north and east route, said: “Our teams are working hard to repair damage to the railway in Dewsbury. While we want to minimise disruption to travellers, the safety of passengers is our top priority.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause to journeys and we want to thank passengers for their patience and understanding while we carry out this work.”

A spokesperson on behalf of Northern and TransPennine Express added: “We want to thank our passengers for their patience as Network Rail carries out essential work to the railway in Dewsbury.

"There is a reduced service in place which is expected to continue into Thursday.

“We are advising passengers to check before they travel with National Rail Enquiries or via their train operator.”