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Network Rail's £2M Essex rail embankment stabilisation plan welcomed

Network Rail’s plan to use CP6 funding to stabilise the historic embankment issue at Stour Wood, Wrabness in Essex has been welcomed by a local rail users group this week.

The embankment which runs alongside the train track has suffered several failures in recent years.

The interventions are planned for the highest priority under the Weather Resilience and Climate Change Action Plan in Network Rail’s Anglia Route Strategic Plan.

Speaking to the Harwich and Manningtree Standard, Essex Rail Users Federation chair Derek Monnery said the area has always been notorious for landslides and he hopes the planned repairs will solve the problem permanently.

“I think there are landslides because the ground is mostly clay and it moves in very wet weather and dry weather,” he said.

“The embankment is affected by clay which pushes through the tracks.”

He added: “I have travelled on the track for the past 35 years and there have been problems with landslides from time to time just because it’s part of Essex which is clay-based.

“In a very dry area it cracks and moves and in the wet conditions it swells, which is difficult to manage.

“It used to be quite a major problem and it is what I would call a trouble spot.”

The Harwich and Manningtree Standard reports that the work is planned for 2019/2020, subject to approvals and access, and the works are expected to cost approximately £2M.

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