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Network Rail cancels track work after airport volcano’ chaos

PUBLISHED: 16:04 16 April 2010 | UPDATED: 15:53 05 October 2010

SOME weekend track engineering work is being suspended by Network Rail to allow more trains to run in the wake of the volcanic dust from Iceland that has closed almost every airport in Britain. The rail transport authority is scrapping several works scheduled to allow more trains

By Mike Brooke

SOME weekend track engineering work is being suspended by Network Rail to allow more trains to run in the wake of the volcanic dust from Iceland that has closed almost every airport in Britain.

The rail transport authority is scrapping several works scheduled on Saturday and Sunday to help train operators run more services to deal with the extra demand caused by stranded air passengers.

Operations director Robin Gisby said: "We have reviewed all engineering work planned for the next few days which has been cancelled where it will allow train operators to run services.

This mainly applies to long-distance operators on the east and west coast mainlines and on routes to the Channel ports. We're doing everything it can to help air passengers disrupted by the volcanic ash cloud."

Flights have been grounded at London City and many other airports for a second day as Britain's air space remains closed following the Islandic volcanic eruption.

Flights may remain grounded until 1am tomorrow.

London City Airport is advising passengers to contact their airline before turning up for flights.

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