Work Begins OnMajor
Drainage Survey Of
Lanes Group drainage engineers have begun the task of
carrying out a survey of tunnel drainage along the 7 km-
long Severn Tunnel.
The company has been commissioned by Amey, work-
ing for Network Rail, to carry out the surveys in the
tunnel, which for over 100 years was the longest main
line railway tunnel in the UK.
The work is one of a number of enabling projects
preparing the way for the electrification of the Great
Western Main Line between London Paddington and
the west of England and South Wales.
In the first of yearly packages of examinations com-
pleting various sections, four teams of Lanes Group
drainage engineers completed CCTV drainage surveys
along 1,600m of track through the tunnel in 30 hours.
Ben Forsyth, National Business Development Manager
for Lanes Group, said:
“Thanks to careful pre-planning, and very good
team working between Lanes and Amey
personnel, we completed the planned surveys
more than six hours ahead of schedule.
“This trial run gives us a very good insight
into what we can achieve in the packages of
work that will follow. Conditions in the tunnel
can be challenging, but we’re confident we know
now how best to complete the surveys.”
Robert Woods, Senior Project Manager for Amey,
“We know from experience that track access can
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