County Boundary Landslip

Kinlet, Shropshire

An emergency stabilisation project undertaken whilst ensuring that there was no disruption to the Severn Valley Railway’s service

David Symonds Associates approached Stepnell on behalf of the client to undertake this emergency project. Having successfully completed similar schemes in the past, David Symonds Associates and the Client were confident that Stepnell could complete the works, whilst keeping trains running for Severn Valley Railway at all times.

Our works included the emergency stabilisation of an embankment slippage with restricted access over a very steep pasture field, and comprised of soil nailing, permanent sheet piling, drainage and chambers. Tracked dumpers were used to carry out the works and transport materials and equipment across the steep easement.

Liaison and good relations were maintained with land owners for access and the Environmental Agency for discharge into the River Severn.

Implementing safe methods of work was paramount to the success of this project. This included undertaking live vibration monitoring on the oil pipeline, monitoring movement to the railway line and embankment, protection of workforce whilst maintaining safe passage of trains through the site, use of an 18 metre long reach excavator for works to the embankment as plant was restricted. The project was safely delivered, on time, and within £1,000 of the initial Target Cost Budget.

“The project was completed early and on budget. Stepnell have established a yardstick by which I measure other contractors.”

Chaz Winterton, Regional Director, Crawford & Company (UK) Ltd

  • Client:

    Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) plc

  • Programme:

    66 weeks