Wednesday 17 Mar 2004

ABSEILERS DROP IN TO HELP SHORE UP CLIFF FACE

Region & Route:
| Wales & Western: Wales & Borders
| Wales & Western
Network Rail has enlisted a team of abseilers to help stabilise the cliff face beneath the railway at Friog, near Fairbourne, Gwynedd. The abseilers have anchored in gabion baskets – mesh boxes packed with rocks – to help shore up the cliff face. They have also bolted on netting which will help prevent landslips and contain any rocks that are liable to movement. Altogether the project has cost £1 million and is part of on-going work on the Cambrian line, which includes major repairs to Caersws viaduct, coastal protection work at Llanaber, and bridge strengthening at Welshpool. “The work we have just undertaken was vital to ensure the future safety of the railway line, because the cliffs in the area are liable to landslips both above and below the railway which runs along a ledge, cut into the cliffs” said Network Rail Project Manager Scott Pillinger.

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