Landslips at Tynehead a Thing of the Past

The Borders Railway team is using tried and tested railway engineering techniques to ensure that future passenger services are not disrupted by landslips along the route.


Wet and marshy ground around the Tynehead area has historically been subject to landslips due to the springs in the area. Evidence on the ground demonstrates that many repairs were made to protect the old Waverley Line.

This section of the line is now being brought up to modern standards. Network Rail, and principal contractor BAM, will be working over the next month on an area around Tynehead Bridge to future-proof the railway against landslips.

As well as new drainage channels along the railway, the team will be taking out the failed embankments and reconstructing them in order to meet higher safety standards. The new embankments will be treated with rock-fill drains and covered with a rock blanket. The result will be greater stabilisation for trains using the track, giving passengers a safer journey.

Commenting on the work, Network Rail project director, Hugh Wark, said:

“We know from evidence on site that the Tynehead area suffered from a number of landslips in the past, but we’re going the extra mile to ensure that this will not affect train service reliability in the future.

“By using a variety of techniques, we’re bringing the Borders Railway up to 21st century standards. That means practically rebuilding the old Tynehead cuttings to ensure that water is drained away through new channels. This work will help prevent passengers from facing delays because of landslips.”