Friday 25 Feb 2005
ENGINEERING FIRST AT NORTHANTS
Network Rail is using an environmentally friendly engineering technique for the first time at Church Brampton, Northants. Work begins on 28 February to stabilise 120 metres of embankment at Railway Cottages on the Harlestone and Church Brampton road. The work is expected to take two weeks to complete and is being carried out to prevent any potential landslip from interfering with rail services. The engineering technique involves mixing soil with cement using a rotating tool. A strengthened ‘column’ is then created which holds the embankment in place. Network Rail senior project engineer Eddie Haddad said: “We have worked on a number of innovative solutions to earthwork-related problems and are excited to be using this engineering technique for the first time on the UK rail infrastructure.” The new technique is more cost effective and has less impact on the environment than the traditional ‘piling’ technique where soil is dug out of the ground to allow concrete to be poured in, leaving waste spoil for landfill. The soil mixing at Church Brampton will be completely waste-free. Train services will be limited to 40 miles per hour during the project to ensure worker safety. No lines will be closed. For information about services contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.