Weather resiliency work taking place

Resiliency project gets underway on West Coast Mainline

Essential work has taken place in Scotland to protect the railway against adverse weather as part of a wider weather resilience project.

Regrade work has been completed near Lockerbie with work set to get underway at 11 further sites on the West Coast Mainline.

A total of £300,000 is set to be invested on the project to help protect sites on the West Coast Mainline vulnerable to adverse weather.

Engineers worked to line and reconstruct the embankment next to the line to help enhance drainage.

An excavator was used to carry out the work as a 10-tonne tipper worked to transfer spoil and stone to support.

A Road Rail Vehicle (RRV) was also used to support from track level and transport additional materials.

This follows the multi-million-pound investment made to help protect the Cambrian Line from extreme weather.

To ensure there was no disruption for passenger and freight services the work was completed overnight.

Weather resilience work taking place near Lockerbie, video - Network Rail

Thomas Podger, Project Manager on the work commented on the beginning of work on the West Coast Mainline project.

Mr Podger said: “Our asset teams have identified a number of locations where the slopes adjacent to the railway are showing early signs of being vulnerable to adverse weather.

“By packaging multiple sites together, we can proactively and efficiently reduce this risk.

“Careful planning and coordination of effort across our business is allowing us to improve the resilience of the network in the context of the changing climate.

While each individual site is relatively small, work across all eleven locations that have been earmarked for slope regrades will improve Scotland’s Railway for passengers and freight customers.”

Dr Brian Haddock, Network Rail’s Seasons and Climate Specialist for Transport Modes recently spoke with RTM to discuss the importance of improving the rail network’s weather resilience.


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