Bearsted cutting reinforcement complete
After nine days of solid work at Bearsted cutting and on other sites along the line, Network Rail handed back the railway to passenger services first thing on Monday morning (16 August 2021).
What the work involved
Over nine days at Bearsted, we:
- Installed 1,100 rock bolts and 500 nails into the cutting
- Covered 19,200m2 worth of protective netting
- And drilled for 6,800m
- We also carried out maintenance works at a number of stations including painting canopies, railings and platform surfaces.
In total, this blockade project delivered £10m of improvements.
Reduced risk of landslips on the line – In the past decade alone, engineers have visited Bearsted on numerous occasions to secure the railway and install temporary fixes to weather-related movement. New Year’s Day 2021 was the most recent landslip after heavy rain. This nine day blockade in August means engineers can get in to strengthen the cutting, making it secure for a lifetime with no need to return for emergency work in future. Drainage improvements will also help reduce or prevent the risk of flooding elsewhere on the line.
Less overall disruption to passengers and the benefits delivered sooner – This work bank was also considered as taking place over multiple weekends which would have meant more disruption to both passengers and local residents.
By doing the work over a concentrated nine consecutive days (plus some associated weekend work), the overall disruption to passengers can be significantly reduced, while fast-tracking the delivery of the reliability and safety benefits of the project.
Better, more reliable journeys – This essential work will help reduce the number of delays in the long term and therefore improve passenger journeys.
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