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Stoke on Trent rail embankment stabilisation start set

Network Rail has said that work to halt long term ground movement of an embankment on the West Coal main line in Stoke on Trent is set to start next month.

Work to stabilise the embankment in Mount Pleasant will involve construction of a 70m long retaining wall starting on 4 February.

The work is expected to take two months to complete and, although it will not affect rail services, the road that has been damaged by the ground movement will be closed for six weeks.

Network Rail project manager Theresa Nibloe said: “As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, we’re investing £700,000 to firm up and make safe a section of the railway embankment in Mount Pleasant that has shown gradual signs of movement. We will also improve the condition of West Parade for residents by resurfacing the road when we have finished. I’d like to thank the Mount Pleasant community for their patience and cooperation while this critical safety work takes place.”

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