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Collapse of old drainage chamber under railway track
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Concerns were raised after a hole appeared under a railway track.
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Be aware of any redundant services that may affect the operation of your assets
A strict inspection and maintenance programme can also help keep a structure safe and operational, and identify any safety critical issues
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A hole appeared under a railway track. Initially it was suspected that this was due to a defect culvert. Subsequently it was found that the incident was not caused by a structures asset but was probably the collapse of a redundant drainage chamber. The hazard was that trains were passing over an unsupported length of track.
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