• Marple Cutting - De-vegetation & Railway Rockfall Netting. Before work started
  • Marple Cutting - De-vegetation & railway rockfall netting. Mesh hung and ready to be stitched together.
  • Marple Cutting - De-vegetation & railway rockfall netting. The completed works
  • Marple Cutting - De-vegetation & railway rockfall netting. 1 year on and and the vegetation is starting to hide the mesh.

CAN was employed to complete the de-vegetation of a 1km long section of railway cutting at Marple, Stockport, in order to facilitate a geotechnical inspection.

The first task was to remove the existing vegetation from the slope.  This was a process which involved the deportation of around 40 mature trees from the crest, carried out by CAN’s expert arborists.

Once AECOM had completed the inspection, CAN began constructing the temporary catch fences.

CAN worked around the irregular shift patterns of the railway, meanwhile carrying out de-vegetation and installing the catch fences.

Once in place, the catch fences meant that the 12,000 m2 of Maccaferri rock fall netting could be installed whilst the line remained open.

Due to the close proximity of gardens at the crest, CAN worked with the client to ensure that minimum disruption was caused to the residents.

Duration:       5 Months

Client:            J. Murphy & Sons (operating on behalf of Network Rail)

Location:       Marple, Stockport