Transport minister Stephen Hammond visits scene of landslip which has closed railway near Botley

Daily Echo: Stephen Hammond (left) at the railway landslip Stephen Hammond (left) at the railway landslip

A SENIOR minister has been in Hampshire this morning to witness the efforts being done to restore the biggest railway landslip in the country.

Rail minister Stephen Hammond was at farmland just outside Botley to see the 24-hour day operation going on there led by Network Rail.

He praised the efforts of workers and said the government planned to spend millions of pounds to try to prevent future similar events but added the amount of rainfall had been unprecedented.

Mr Hammond did not rule out investing further in the Hampshire rail network if it was considered necessary.

The site just outside Botley is a constant hive of activity as workmen drive metal tiles into the ground to try to build up the land and stop further slipping.

There are three areas affected in a mile-long stretch.

The biggest site is an 88-metre stretch of railway which project manager Steve Kilby said was the largest embankment collapse in living memory.

Nearby there is a 44-metre landslip while a third slip affects 77 metres of track.

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Mr Kilby said: “The wet weather has saturated the ground and caused the clay to slip away.

“The landslip is so serious that the land has dropped by six metres and the railway track was hanging above.”

He added: “They were moving 14,000 tonnes of waste material off the site and needed to bring in 20,000 tonnes of new material to restore the line - the equivalent of 1,000 lorry loads.”

It took workmen a week just to build the access road to the site.

It is hoped the line will re-open on March 17.

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2:09pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Zeo says...

They really need to invest in the Eastleigh Chord/Eastleigh-Fare
ham redoubling scheme, get the whole route upgraded with new drainage and embankment supports and offer quicker surfaces or even better reopen the Meon Valley Line. Portsmouth-Fareham-W
ickham-Alton-London would be around 15 to 20 minutes quicker and offer a by-pass when the Botley-Eastleigh Section is closed.
They really need to invest in the Eastleigh Chord/Eastleigh-Fare ham redoubling scheme, get the whole route upgraded with new drainage and embankment supports and offer quicker surfaces or even better reopen the Meon Valley Line. Portsmouth-Fareham-W ickham-Alton-London would be around 15 to 20 minutes quicker and offer a by-pass when the Botley-Eastleigh Section is closed. Zeo

2:47pm Tue 25 Feb 14

vpharm says...

message to daily echo, they are NOT driving 'TILES' into the ground these things are PILES!
message to daily echo, they are NOT driving 'TILES' into the ground these things are PILES! vpharm

9:54pm Tue 25 Feb 14

derek james says...

they would be better off doing this and other rail improvements around the country instead of the useless h2s or hs2 project
they would be better off doing this and other rail improvements around the country instead of the useless h2s or hs2 project derek james

6:55am Wed 26 Feb 14

Zexagon says...

Hmm shock horror mr Hammond doesn't have safety goggles on, close the site down
Hmm shock horror mr Hammond doesn't have safety goggles on, close the site down Zexagon

11:03am Wed 26 Feb 14

ghunter717 says...

This landslip I guess was caused by runoff of rain water from surrounding land, And swollen streams all trying to get to the River Hamble that is nearby.
What is very disturbing is that outline planning permission has been granted for 1400 homes nearby, together with another 800 also nearby in the Eastleigh Borough Council local plan.
Building on these sites will cause even more run off of water, as once you concrete over the land the water can't soak away. This will water will find its way to the river,but could causeca repeat of the landslip in years to come, or even potentially dam up behind the piles being driven in for the railway line and cause more flooding.
The local area is a fluvial flood 3 risk area.
Maybe the Enviroment Agency, Eastleigh Borough Council and Network Rail should reevaluate the fish building these homes will have on a piece of critical railway infrastructure.
This landslip I guess was caused by runoff of rain water from surrounding land, And swollen streams all trying to get to the River Hamble that is nearby. What is very disturbing is that outline planning permission has been granted for 1400 homes nearby, together with another 800 also nearby in the Eastleigh Borough Council local plan. Building on these sites will cause even more run off of water, as once you concrete over the land the water can't soak away. This will water will find its way to the river,but could causeca repeat of the landslip in years to come, or even potentially dam up behind the piles being driven in for the railway line and cause more flooding. The local area is a fluvial flood 3 risk area. Maybe the Enviroment Agency, Eastleigh Borough Council and Network Rail should reevaluate the fish building these homes will have on a piece of critical railway infrastructure. ghunter717

4:49pm Wed 26 Feb 14

garethsmith72 says...

The comments from the minister re refunds are great news, as I can know ask SWT what they are going to pay and provide this link and video as evidence.

Most useful article for months
The comments from the minister re refunds are great news, as I can know ask SWT what they are going to pay and provide this link and video as evidence. Most useful article for months garethsmith72

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