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Harbury landslide repairs completed ahead of schedule

Network Rail’s contractor Murphy has announced that it has completed landslide repairs to the Harbury cutting in Warwickshire ahead of schedule.

Ground movement in January 2015 during another civil engineering project led to Murphy also being contracted to move 326,000t of landslide material and repair the failed slope.

Murphy worked closely with Network Rail to fast track the design and repair in “a 40 day and 40 night timescale” so that the line could reopen but further work was needed to ensure long-term stability.

The cutting, which was originally built in 1852, has been regarded into two slopes with berms and counterfort drains.

With the line now fully open to passenger and freight traffic, the final element of the work will be the completion of brickwork repairs to the Victorian tunnel in April 2016.

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