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islandlinesewerA major ten-week engineering project to repair the storm-damaged Island Line train network is well underway after starting two weeks ago.

Whilst in the design stage, it was noted that the state of the sewer pipes directly beneath the railway were in a very fragile state and it was agreed that these would need to be replaced before the work to repair the railway and the embankment could go ahead. Island Line say this has been a slow process so far due to the fragile nature of the pipes.

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Once the sewer is complete, work will begin to install two high level steel retaining walls at Sandown – one at the base of the bank and a second at the top of the bank.

The first two weeks of the project have seen vegetation cleared on the embankment; the excavation of the existing sewer pipe and new manholes constructed allowing easy access when needed; removal of the conductor rail; installation of drainage and delivery of piling.

In the next couple of weeks Island Line will finish replacing the new sewer, place the piling for the lower wall and prepare for the installation of the upper wall.

The line is now closed between Ryde St Johns Road and Shanklin. A rail replacement bus service is in place during these works.

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