Iconic Settle-Carlisle line reopens after major repairs carried out at Eden Brows

The Settle-Carlisle line fully reopened on Friday 31 March 2017, with a full train timetable in place, after a half a million tonne landslip was repaired.

The railway between Carlisle and Appleby closed in February 2016 after ground monitoring equipment detected movement of the land at Eden Brows, near Armathwaite.

Since then a £23m repair project has secured the railway to the hillside meaning that, even if there are future landslips in the nearby area, the railway at Eden Brows will not move.

What have we done?

Engineers have built an enormous concrete and steel ‘tunnel-like’ structure that will sit beneath the railway, 70 metres above the River Eden, which provides a stable base across the damaged and unstable ground.

Two rows of high-strength piles – steel tubes filled with concrete – have been driven up to 20 metres into the sloping bedrock of the Eden gorge, north of Armathwaite. The hundreds of piles form a corridor, set into the hillside, on which a 100 metre-long, 6,000 tonne concrete shelf has been placed. This slab forms a solid base for the train tracks.


What happens next?

To complete the repairs, an extensive earthworks project (see groundworks below), costing an estimated £5m, is planned to protect the foot of the hill on the banks of the River Eden.  Drainage systems and ‘rock armour’, which helps prevent erosion, followed by extensive tree replanting will stabilise the land, and help prevent future landslips in the area.

Groundworks diagram (click to enlarge)

Cross section of piling works (click to enlarge)

I am beyond thrilled that customers and goods are moving again on this vital economic artery through Britain’s most beautiful landscape. Our Team Orange has ensured that even if the ground gives way again in future, the railway will not.

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

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