The wetter winter months can be a challenging time on the railway. Minor issues such as debris build-up in drainage ditches can have disastrous consequences, leading to the saturation of earthworks, flooding and bank slips. None of which is good news for our trains and passengers!
Our on-call teams have visited over 100 sites since November last year to attend to high risk sites during periods of prolonged or heavy rainfall, ensuring drainage systems are working effectively, headwalls are unobstructed and to inspect earthworks slopes for signs of movement.
However there’s always a few aging assets that succumb to the elements, resulting in various forms of landslides causing disruption to the railway. These events often happen during the worst of the British weather. So just when most of the population are heading for cover, our army of earthworks enthusiasts are heading for the railway!
Thanks to the agile input from our engineers, rapid mobilisation of our earthworks teams and application of sound engineering principles, we have successfully installed urgent repairs to 7 landslide sites over the last 2 months. The rapid response, combined with quick and calculated application of engineering solutions has enabled repairs to be undertaken within hours and days of the initial event, preventing the potential spread and further deterioration of earthworks assets. One of the keys to the success of these teams is the focus on developing solutions that get trains and passengers moving again as quickly and safely as possible.
Some snaps below from a few of our recent winter adventures: