Work complete on Furness line in Cumbria

Work to stabilise and improve an embankment has been completed at Holmrock in Cumbria.

Network Rail has completed work to reinforce a steep railway embankment at Holmrock on the Furness line, to the south of the Kent Viaduct, between Barrow-in-Furness and Lancaster in Cumbria.

Tony Butler, Network Rail.

The £500,000 project was aimed at making the railway more reliable in an area prone to landslips. The slope was strengthened and a new piled retaining wall built to protect the track from future movement.

Tony Butler, route asset manager for earthworks at Network Rail, explained: “The work involved making the embankment shallower and the building of a retaining wall to keep the track in place. The work was all carried out without closing the railway.”

Work on the project, which began in January and was completed by the end of March, took place overnight at weekends while trains were not running, so passenger services were not affected.

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