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20,000 tonnes of rock armour protecting Carlisle to Settle line

It's part of the final phase of £23million repair works. Photo: Network Rail

20,000 tonnes of rock is being packed onto the banks of the River Eden, to help protect the Carlisle to Settle railway line.

The line was forced to close for more than a year in February 2016.

500,000
tonnes of earth gave way at Eden Brows, following major flooding.

It's part of the final phase of £23million repair works, described as the most complex and largest railway repair in Network Rail's history.

Engineers assessing the damage caused by the landslip in 2016. Credit: ITV Border

The rocks on the river banks will guard against erosion caused by heavy rainfall.

The line reopened in March this year, after more than a year of work to secure a vast concrete track base into the steeply-sloping bedrock of the Eden gorge.

Silt booms and new drains have also been installed into the foot of the embankment.

The final phase of the Eden Brows repair is set to be completed in March 2018.

The final phase of the Eden Brows repair is set to be completed in March 2018. Credit: Network Rail

The future of this vital economic artery through Britain’s most beautiful landscape is secure, thanks to the work of our brilliant orange army.

"With the major repair completed earlier this year, the rock armour gives this location a further layer of resilience against the increasingly topsy-turvy British weather."

– Martin Frobisher, managing director of Network Rail’s London North Western route