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Work continues to protect railway in Guildford following landslip

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Work continues to protect railway in Guildford following landslip

Published at 6:01am 22nd June 2020.

Network Rail says work to protect the railway at St Catherine's Tunnel south of Guildford is set to continue until November.

It is after a landslip there in late 2019 which is believed to have been caused by heavy rainfall last Autumn. 

Engineers have been working at the site since December to protect the railway where it is cut deep into the hillside.

Work continues to protect the railway at St Catherine’s tunnel, Guildford following landslip Network Rail

Network Rail says the team is securing the slope by inserting steel nails, reinforced by cement.

Protective netting is also being used to prevent more sand falling onto the track.

Mark Killick, route director for Network Rail Wessex, has apologised to local residents:

"For the disruption that has been caused. This has been a complex job following a landslip, and the team have worked incredibly hard in challenging circumstances.

“Engineers will continue until November, and we will try to keep disruption to a minimum.”

There will be some evening and weekend work during June and July, as well as:

  • On some Saturday nights there will be some work by plant machinery which is likely to cause some noise.
  • During the weekend of 15/16 August, there will be a limited train service from Guildford so engineers can extend the walls at the tunnel portal in order to provide additional stability