Network Rail


£23m (full project value)


Armathwaite, Cumbria


14 months

The Engineering works involved in the repairing of the historic railway involved:

  • 1 mile of access roads installed
  • 16000ton of spoil removed from site
  • 226 piles installed (4040m worth)
  • 75m long 1m thick reinforced concrete slab
  • 95m long x 4m high retaining wall installed
  • 1200m³ of concrete poured in the slab & wall
  • 6000ton of backfill installed
  • 490m of track reinstalled
  • 2400m of track re-aligned with slues up to 400mm
  • 3000ton of new ballast installed

Local residents were very supportive of the essential works that were required to re-open the railway. Regular updates were communicated throughout the duration of the works and included local residents meetings and two successful public drop in events. Project information boards were also displayed in the two nearby villages, regularly updating the community on upcoming works.

To celebrate the re-opening of the railway, Story Contracting and Network Rail held an open evening at the local community hall for residents to thank them for their support throughout the works.

On the 31st March, the much loved section of the Carlisle to Settle railway line was fully re-opened.

After careful consideration during the design stage of the project, a piling solution was chosen. Two rows of high-strength steel piles were filled with concrete and driven into the sloping bedrock, forming a corridor upon which a one metre-thick slab and retaining wall could be constructed to support the track. This landslip had a big impact on the local community. Engineering trains were used to remove the spoil from site, import stone and pile casings so that  HGV movements from the local roads were avoided where possible.


During the main works, we implemented 24-hour working to ensure the railway could be handed back on time and on budget, ahead of a planned re-opening celebration with the Flying Scotsman passing over the site.

1,200m3 concrete
poured into the slab & wall

Installation of 226 piles
– around 4,040 metres

Mark Carne (Network Rail)

Eden Brows has been a hugely challenging job, as I saw for myself last year. I am impressed and grateful to the innovative team that led this work and to Story and the other contractors who helped make it happen. Well done to you all. A great railway team effort.

Mark Carne

CEO, Network Rail

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