Cornish link severed

The bad weather that hit Cornwall in November could close the branch between Par and Newquay until the middle of this month. There were three separate landslips in the Pontsmill area – one deposited several thousand tonnes of spoil on the track whilst another removed most of an embankment. This will be rebuilt using gabions.

The worst damage occurred a mile from the nearest road. Although a bridleway runs close to it, a three-tonne weight restriction over a bridge meant it was unsuitable for the 13-tonne equipment that Network Rail needed to bring in. A bailey bridge had to be installed and a culvert strengthened before work could start.

A smaller landslip on the main line between Lostwithiel and Bodmin Parkway was swiftly dealt with. The route reopened under an ESR later the same day, 17th November, and normal linespeed was restored early the following afternoon.


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