Work to rebuild the West Coast Main Line, damaged just south of Grayrigg Cumbria following the derailment on 23 February, will be complete in time to allow the line to reopen on Monday 12 March.
The site has been subject to a massive clean-up operation involving some 400 contractors per day to reopen the line (NCE
8 March)The work has taken longer than it could due to meticulous forensic examinations by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch and British Transport Police.Network Rail's chief executive John Armitt said: 'We continue to work closely with accident investigators and will leave no stone unturned as we aim to get to the truth. We will listen carefully to the results and recommendations that come out of the investigation, learn the lessons of this terrible tragedy and make the railways even safer.'Our people have been working around the clock to repair the damage and reopen the railway as quickly as possible. The line is now planned to reopen for the first service in the early morning of Monday 12 March,' he said.Civils work has included building a 1km temporary road for access to low-loaders, one 800t and one 1,000t crane; 23,000t of rock fill to build a vast platform for the cranes, which was reused to repair the damaged embankment; re-laying track, overhead power lines and signalling repairs.