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Kilmarnock to Dumfries Storm Ciara landslip rail repairs completed


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Image caption Thousands of tonnes of stone obtain been set aside in command to restore and enhance the embankment

A rail line has reopened bigger than a month after a most important landslip precipitated by Storm Ciara forced its closure.

Extreme contaminated weather in February saw an embankment severely broken next to the observe working between Dumfries and Kilmarnock.

It precipitated a most important repairs operation on the positioning attain Holywood in Dumfries and Galloway.

Community Rail acknowledged 6,000 tonnes of stone had been brought in to restore and enhance the embankment.

Detailed examination of the landslip discovered hundreds of tonnes of debris had slipped from below the railway – valuable of it spilling into the river and doing away with a retaining wall.

Community Rail acknowledged its engineers had worked “24 hours a day, seven days per week” to repair the danger.

Transport secretary Michael Matheson acknowledged: “I am overjoyed that the line between Kilmarnock and Dumfries is now reopened.

“I am very grateful for the work that has been undertaken by employees over the direction of the closing four weeks in what has, at instances, been very strong weather.

“I additionally survey that this has precipitated an misfortune to regular users of the line, however indubitably that that you might per chance per chance treasure the personality and the size of the danger which Community Rail employees obtain confronted in repairing this injury.”

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Image caption Community Rail acknowledged engineers had worked spherical the clock to tackle the scenario

He acknowledged the work completed have to “assist the line very wisely for the years to attain”.

Tom Podger, Community Rail’s project manager, acknowledged: “Flooding precipitated by Storm Ciara resulted in important injury beneath the observe and we desired to supply protection to the river monetary institution sooner than rebuilding the embankment to end this from going down some other time.

“The landslip became as soon as located in a complex intention above the river and the remoteness of the positioning equipped a danger in getting instruments and materials to the positioning.

“We obtain moved 6,000 tonnes of rock into command to each rebuild the embankment and to create a protective barrier between the railway and the river and worked as instant as doubtless to earn the line reopened for patrons.”

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Image caption The landslip got here because Storm Ciara in February

He thanked every person for their patience true by the work.

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