Passengers will breathe a sigh of relief after railway bosses promised an earlier-than-expected end to disruption.
East Midlands Trains has promised services will be back to normal from Saturday following weeks of work to repair track damaged during a landslide between Sheffield and Chesterfield.
Rail bosses changed timetables, brought in replacement buses and passengers travelling from Sheffield to London endured longer journey times after February’s stormy weather hit a hillside at Unstone, Derbyshire.
Experts were called out when the track was deemed unfit for use when the hillside became unstable.
Repairs were originally expected to last until the end of the month, but engineers say they are confident the remainder of the hillside restoration can be carried out without the need for more disruption.
In the meantime the track will be carefully monitored and Network Rail said it will notify customers in advance if any follow-up work is required.
Neil Micklethwaite, customer service director at East Midlands Trains, said: “We would like to thank passengers for their patience over the past two weeks whilst these repair works have taken place.
“We have worked hard to try and minimise the disruption for our passengers, but nonetheless, we know some passengers will have experienced changes to their journeys with us and we apologise for that.
“We would like to express our thanks also to the Network Rail team for their hard work in completing these major repairs and allowing us to re-open the line ahead of schedule.
“We are pleased to be able to reinstate our normal two services an hour from Sheffield to London from Saturday morning.”
n For details, visit eastmidlandstrains.co.uk