Story and Keller cure vulnerable Network Rail line


Story Contracting has made safe a 130-year-old railway embankment in Northumberland for Network Rail, as part of a year-long scheme to address underlying earthwork failure. 

Story and keller network rail line project
Image credit: Story
by Rory ButlerNovember 23, 2022

Working alongside Keller and Pell Frischmann, Story restored the East Coast Mainline hillside, which had suffered due to earth movements, between May and October. 

Inside the job:  

  • Imported more than 14,000 tonnes of recycled engineering fill for roads and drilling/piling platforms 
  • Installed more than 1 km of inclined drainage as an interim water table intervention 
  • Installed 4,650 metres of repurposed steel and 2,054 cubic metres of concrete for long-term piled stabilisation 

“This scheme really does showcase the brilliant work of our collaborative LNE framework between Network Rail, Story Contracting and our supply chain,” said project manager, Ben Leng. 

Social value 

The team also volunteered more than 200 hours to undertake drainage improvements to prevent flooding to public footpaths in the local Pegswood Community Woods, in support of charity, Groundwork and community group, Friends of Pegswood. 

“The path renovations and ditch work around the lake has stabilised the path and secured it from erosion […] it is a great relief to know that the walkers in the park will be able to use the path in winter without this perennial problem,” said James Stafford, from Groundwork. 

Image credit: Story 

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