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Repair plan set for Settle to Carlisle rail landslide

The track was damaged by a landslip. Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail has set out a plan to repair a 500,000 tonne landslip which has forced the closure of part of the Settle to Carlisle railway.

A new structure will be built underneath the railway to support the line and earthworks will also be used to stabilise the embankment.

"We have carefully considered many repair options and we are satisfied the one we're going with is the best.

"Our aim is to do a thorough job that leaves the Settle to Carlisle railway line in better shape than it was before this land slip. As well as tackling this problem we intend to bring forward other, less major jobs we have earmarked on the shut section of line.

"We are acutely mindful of the impact on communities served by this line, including businesses reliant on tourist trade. We are working to fix this slip as quickly as possible."

– Rhiannon Price, Network Rail


Appleby landslip closes Settle to Carlisle line

Credit: Network Rail

The Settle to Carlisle railway line was shut to all trains last night after aerial monitoring confirmed the scale of ground movement in the railway embankment at Appleby.

Engineers are planning repairs to fix the issue and minimise the chances of further landslips in the same area in the future.

A road replacement service for passengers will be in place between Appleby and Carlisle.

Consistent high levels of rainfall have saturated the ground and caused this slip, which has affected the stability of the railway through the area. Our aerial footage highlighted the scale of ground movement which has led us to close the line as a precaution while we confirm the next steps to tackle this issue. We do know extensive repairs will be needed to fix this."

– Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail
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