Cumbrian Coast defences bolstered

Network Rail completed work to protect the railway on the Cumbrian Coast Line at Parton at the end of April.

Working around the tidal patterns of the Irish Sea, 15,000 tonnes of rock armour was placed on the beach to protect the sea wall, which had been damaged by winter storms over Christmas and the New Year.

“The main challenges have been weather and access, and we had to carefully plan our work around low tides so we could safely and effectively install these defences,” said NR Works Delivery Manager John Owen.

“The logistics were also challenging as we had to move rock in from quarries, into a compound and then - during low tide - onto the beach. The result is a safer and more reliable railway for the people of 

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