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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

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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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Things you didn't know about the Borders Railway

The Borders Railway has now opened to the public, but how much do you know about the track?

Here's some fun facts:

  • 30 miles - the length of the new stretch of track
  • £300 million - the cost to build it
  • 1,100 workers - have been building it over the last year
  • 132 bridges - that had to be refurbished or built
  • 804,000 tonnes of earth - had to be shifted
  • 25.4km of drains - were installed
  • 25,000 bacon rolls - were eaten by workers

And the one figure that finally stopped increasing last weekend..?

It's been 46 years and eight months since the Waverley Line last carried passengers.

I am the Train: singer serenades Borders Railway

Scottish Borders singer George Inglis has released a special song serenading the new Borders Railway:

The £300m Borders Railway opens to the public on Sunday, and will be officially opened by the Queen next Wednesday.

  • To comment on the song, you can visit our Facebook page
  • If you want to attend the official opening, you can find times here

Model railway: sneak preview of the Borders Railway

Anna Freemantle at the train. Credit: ITV Border

Supermodel Anna Freemantle has been checking out the brand new Borders Railway, which opens to the public on Sunday.

This train, at Waverley Station, is on its way to the Borders right now.

We'll give you a glimpse of the first trip on Lookaround at 6pm, and on our website throughout the day.

Leading campaigner calls on extension of Borders Railway

Madge Elliot and David Steel at Downing Street Credit: Bruce McCartney

Madge Elliot has led campaigns to re-open the Borders Railway, ever since its closure in 1969.

She's delighted the line to Tweedbank is finished, and will open to the public this weekend.

But she says the next aim should be to complete the link, and extend it to Carlisle.

I would like to see it back for the benefit of the young folk. The scenery alone would attract people from all over the world. The scenery between Hawick and Esk Bank is beautiful."

– Madge Elliot
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