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Emergency work on line to avoid possible landslip
EMERGENCY work on the North Cotswold line to prevent a potential landslip in Chipping Campden is underway.
Network Rail has started work to stabilise a large cutting – a manmade route through a hill – next to the railway tunnel after a large section of land moved nearly a metre in the last eight weeks.
Due to the movement of the land, a five-metre high scar in the cutting has formed due to land underneath it not being supported.
About 80,000 tonnes of earth will be removed from the cutting to create a safe gradient that will prevent the land from moving and will stabilise it for the longterm.
As part of the work, all the trees on the affected land will be removed but Network Rail plans to work closely with the landowner, Harrowby Estates, and local authorities to replant them.
Mike Gallop, route asset management director at Network Rail Western, said: “We need to stabilise the cutting immediately to protect the railway in the long-term, otherwise we could risk the line being shut from a potential landslip.
“This could disrupt the journeys of thousands of passengers and cost the industry money that could otherwise be spent to help grow the railway.
“Although the emergency work is in advance of receiving formal planning permission, we have been working very closely with all the relevant stakeholders.
“The feedback and support we have received from Cotswold District Council, Environment Agency, Natural England, Cotswold Conservation Board and the Forestry Commission have been useful and vital to our plans.
“We hope to achieve similar support from the wider community so that we can carry out this work swiftly.”
A full ecological survey has also been carried out to avoid endangering protected species while the work is being carried out.
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