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New rail drainage system for Cumbria

Dent drainage work 2

A new drainage system has been installed on the Settle to Carlisle railway line in rural Cumbria, near the border with North Yorkshire.

Rainwater collecting near the track has damaged the foundations of the line, according to Network Rail. The new system directs surface water into a nearby stream called Cow Ghyll Beck.

Embankment repairs were also carried out, including installation of a weir to slow the stream in heavy rainfall.

Earlier this year, the line at Eden Brows was hit by a major landslip which closed it for several weeks.

Dent drainage works

Dent drainage works

Source: Network Rail

“The work that the team has carried out at Dent will make sure that train services will be able to run safely and more reliably on a remote and iconic section of railway for years to come,” said Network Rail project manager Rhiannon Price.

“There were a number of challenges that the team faced in completing this, not least the environment where the site was located. The roads were narrow and winding with some very steep gradients. However, the staff overcame these physical obstacles and, as you can see from the pictures, the end result is quite impressive.”

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