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Tunnel repairs to halt ground movement completed

Network Rail has said that work to strengthen the Holme Tunnel between Burnley and Hebden Bridge has been completed after a 20 week line closure.

The 250m tunnel had become increasingly misaligned over time because of local ground movement which had distorted the tunnel walls.

Main contractor Amco realigned and strengthened large sections of the tunnel’s walls and re-laid more than two kilometres of track within and on the approach to the tunnel.

“It was a significant engineering challenge to repair and strengthen Holme Tunnel, which although safe for trains to use before the closure, had been significantly damaged over the years because of ground movement,” said Network Rail area director Ian Joslin.

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