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Retaining wall collapses onto rail track

Report ID: 775 Published: 1 June 2022 Region: CROSS-UK


A retaining wall failed and collapsed onto a railway track.

Key Learning Outcomes

For asset owners and managers:

  • Regular inspections and maintenance can help keep a structure safe before it deteriorates requiring costly repairs or fails

  • Inspections should be carried out by suitably qualified and experienced personnel 

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A train driver reporter that stones were falling from an inclined retaining wall onto a rail track. The wall failed directly in front of a piled foundation for an electricity mast which was installed within the past 18 months. The night before the wall failed there was an intense period of rainfall which followed a sustained period where temperatures were below freezing.

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