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Essex embankments undergo a makeover


NETWORK RAIL is in the middle of a project to stabilise sections of a railway embankment between Rayleigh and Hockley railway stations in Essex.

Near Rayleigh station a 300m section of embankment is being stabilised with gabion baskets containing 1,000t of rock and by 1,052 hollow soil nails installed between 9m and 14m into the earth structure. The embankment will be covered in netting and grassed.

At Hockley, 53m of embankment is being stabilised by sheet piling. A 'silenced' piling rig is being used as work is close to a residential area.

'Work will ensure that further dry summers will not affect embankment stability and will extend their life for many years to come, ' said Network Rail engineer Derek Butcher.

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