Cumbria

Appleby landslip: Carlisle-to-Settle rail repair plan agreed

  • 3 March 2016
  • From the section Cumbria
Landslip repair plan Image copyright Network Rail
Image caption Repairs will involve building a structure under the tracks to support them

Plans to repair a damaged section of the Carlisle-to-Settle railway line have been agreed by engineers.

A 500,000-tonne landslide at Eden Brows forced the line's closure between Appleby and Carlisle early last month.

Network Rail has revealed plans to build a structure underneath the track at Armathwaite to support it.

The project, expected to take many months, will also involve major earthworks to stabilise the embankment.

There is no exact timetable, due to the scale of the slip, the fact the earth is still moving and the remoteness of its location.

Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line said it remained "open for business", with trains running between Leeds and Appleby and a bus replacement service to Carlisle.

Image copyright Network Rail
Image caption Tracks were damaged in the landslip

Rhiannon Price, from Network Rail, said: "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.

"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."

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