The first stage of the scheme was to install the haul road to access the site; this involved the installation of circa 900 track way panels due to the rural location of the site. At the site there were two large gullies present, hence to carry out the re-grade these required in filled/profiled with a toe berm to create a haul road from where the embankment re-grade could be carried out from and enable the shallower slope angle.
Once the toe berms were installed, the embankment within the railway boundary could be re-graded with 6B rock fill and the trough route aligned. Part of the design was to use the excavated material from benching to face the toe berms, this meant there was no requirement to take spoil off site. Part of the works were also to divert the existing drainage down the berms and formalise this into a new culvert to the outfall into the River Lune.