Abseil teams descend to protect Leicester to Nuneaton line

Specialist abseiling teams have been brought in by Network Rail to help shore up a steep embankment in Warwickshire and prevent potentially dangerous rockfalls.

The earthworks close to Arley Tunnel, on the Leicester to Nuneaton line, sits below an old colliery slag heap and a mixture of natural soil and rock, increasing the risk of landslips and rocks falling onto the track.

NR is spending £6million to secure the embankment permanently using large drills to drive more than 3,600 huge soil nails into the ground. 

New drainage and 1.2km fencing and netting will also be installed to prevent material falling onto the tracks of this busy cross-country route. NETWORK RAIL 

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