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Watford derailment embankments stabilised in £4m repairs

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A £4m project to stabilise railway embankments following a train derailment has been completed.The incident at Watford Junction in September 2016 was caused by a train hitting debris on the tracks following a landslip. No-one was seriously hurt.Network Rail said it had cleared and strengthened the embankment “so there will be no repeat slips in the future”. A spokesman added the work that had been done should protect the banks “for more than 60 years”.The landslip, which was caused by torrential rain, happened by the entrance to Hunton Bridge tunnel, near Watford Junction station, on 16 September last year.It led to the 06:19 BST service from Milton Keynes to London Euston, which was full of passengers, partially derailing at about 07:00. It was then clipped by another travelling in the opposite direction. One traveller was treated for a neck injury and another for chest pain. In total, the fire service evacuated almost 400 passengers.A Rail Accident Investigation Branch report said Network Rail engineering works in the area in 2016 had not addressed drainage problems, and it made a number of recommendations.Network Rail said all vegetation was removed from the banks so 1km (0.6 miles) of rock netting and soil matting could be installed on rock anchors embedded in the chalk face.

Gavin Evans, scheme project manager for the rail operator, said: “Passengers will have more reliable journeys through the Watford area thanks to this investment. “A large proportion of the work took place overnight and at weekends, and the work we have done will protect the cutting for more than 60 years.”
Source: BBC Beds