Abseil teams descend to protect Leicester to Nuneaton line

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Specialist abseiling teams have been brought in by Network Rail to help shore up a steep embankment in Warwickshire and prevent potentially dangerous rockfalls.

The earthworks close to Arley Tunnel, on the Leicester to Nuneaton line, sits below an old colliery slag heap and a mixture of natural soil and rock, increasing the risk of landslips and rocks falling onto the track.

NR is spending £6million to secure the embankment permanently using large drills to drive more than 3,600 huge soil nails into the ground. 

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New drainage and 1.2km fencing and netting will also be installed to prevent material falling onto the tracks of this busy cross-country route. NETWORK RAIL 

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