£4m rail upgrade after landslide at Kings Langley

Watford Tunnel approach completed work
Watford Tunnel approach completed work

Rail bosses have completed a £4million upgrade which was made following last year’s landslideat Kings Langley.

Services on the West Coast main line were severely affected in September 2016, when a train derailed after hitting a landslip, caused by torrential rain.

A train travelling in the opposite direction then clipped the derailed train.

Although nobody was 
injured in the incident, 
Network Rail have spent the following 14 months and £3.954m stabilising the cutting, and removing 
vegetation so that 1km of rock netting and soil matting could be installed on top of the 500-plus rock anchors which were embedded into the chalk face.

Gavin Evans, scheme project manager at Network 
Rail, said: “Passengers 
will have more reliable 
journeys through the 
Watford area thanks to this investment.

“The challenge was to work safely around the 
operational railway without impacting on journeys.

“A large proportion of the work took overnight and at weekends and the work we have done will protect the cutting for more than 60 years.”

Steve Helfet, London Midland’s head of West Coast Services said: “The work was done with minimal impact to our customers on one of the busiest stretches of railway in Europe.”