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Emergency remedial works to the Farnley Haugh Landslide on the Newcastle to Carlisle railway line

Cafe-scientifique
Date
7 Mar 2018
Start time
7:30 PM
Venue
City Screen Basement Bar
Speaker
Clare Brint
Farnley Haugh landslip track view 8 Jan 2016

Event Information

Emergency remedial works to the Farnley Haugh Landslide on the Newcastle to Carlisle railway line

Clare Brint,BSc MSc CGeol FGS. Route Area Manager (Geotechnics) LNE & EM Network Rail

A few details: A 25 m deep cutting slope at Farnley Haugh suffered a significant failure on 7 January 2016 resulting in the closure of the Newcastle to Carlisle Line between Hexham and Prudhoe for just over a month. The event occurred following a prolonged period of heavy rainfall over the Christmas period, reported to be the most exceptional period of rainfall on record for the area, with significant overland flows breaching the existing drainage network. This was a complicated landslide to fully understand and remediate due to the ground conditions, the unprecedented groundwater levels and resultant seepages, which was further complicated by the presence of a Roman Fort and a damaged sewer in the fields above the slope. Following significant earthmoving and drainage works, and as soon as it was safe to do so, the railway line was re-opened to traffic with remedial works to the slope not fully completed until October 2018.

2018 Year of Engineering event

Wednesday 7th March in City Screen Basement
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