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๐ŸŒง๏ธ As you might expect given the horrendous conditions overnight, we have more news from #Newington landslip and it's not good. We're not going to manage to open the line today at all. Here's a statement from our director, Fiona, and a short thread (on top of the last one...).
We've removed 280 tons of spoil already, with more being loaded into a train all the time. Bags of ballast (stones) are being laid in a wall to protect the railway. However, the soil - a silty clay - is still moving. /2
It's a deep cutting, cut 13m down into the hills around #Newington , and the slip site is around 30m long, so it's not a small job to keep on top of. For us to be able to run trains safely we need to know that the soil is no longer moving and we're not there yet. /3
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๐ŸŒงUnfortunately, our hopes of reopening the #Newington landslip early on Thursday have gone with the wind that's battering our team there. The best we can hope for is around 0900 and @Se_Railway + @TLRailUK are putting plans in place for passengers in the early morning. /1
This pic from the train collecting the spoil shows what our temporary solution to the slip looks like, and although we're confident we can get this done early tomorrow we aren't confident enough that it will totally stop the earth movement. /2
So we're going to monitor the site for a bit before trains run and open when we are sure it is safe. At the moment that's around 0900 but we would strongly advise passengers to check before they travel, as the weather is awful and the spoil at the site is saturated. /3
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Thanks to @Se_Railway and @TLRailUK passengers for their patience today while we work to sort a landslip at #Newington in Kent (between Gillingham and Faversham) This is the latest scene as we lay planks between rails to allow a long-reach digger to start work on the debris. /1
Here's the beastie waiting for its turn to get cracking. It's going to remove earth from higher up the Bank, reducing pressure on the section nearer the track. /2
We've got a train to carry away the muck and these road rail diggers on site to put 1-tonne ballast bags at the foot of the slip to shore it up. The weather is terrible but we still hope to have the line open tomorrow. Thank you for your patience! Ends
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๐ŸŒง๏ธ We're sorry to say that despite working through the night, the landslip at #Newington has defeated our best efforts and we won't be able to get the railway open again today. The rain has kept up and continues to soak the spoil, which slips as fast as we can cart it away. /1
We're bringing more equipment to site now,on top of the digger you can see here working overnight, to reach further back into the slip and remove the soil that keeps sliding towards the railway. /2
The good news is this is what geotechnical engineers call a "transitional failure" which is effectively the failed top layer of soil surfing downhill on the lower layer. That means once we cart the spoil away and put a row of ballast bags in place to protect the line... /3
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โš ๏ธ You may have seen our friends @Se_Railway and @TLRailUK explaining that there won't be trains between #Gillingham and #Sittingbourne tonight from 2100 (9pm) because of a landslip. Well, here's what it looked like from track level this morning.... /1
... the slip is in a cutting just outside #Newington station and was discovered when trees turned up closer to the track than expected. Here's the top end, and you can see the top layer of soil had given way and slid down towards the railway. /2
We kept trains running today at 20mph as the slip was in no danger of continuing onto the railway, but we're coming in early tonight to shore it up. That's why there's rail replacement buses and why you'll need to check before you travel this evening. /3
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