Rail Culvert Clearance

Network Rail commissioned Lanes to clean an egg-shaped brick culvert beneath the Manchester to Wigan line railway line to allow a new concrete pipe to be installed inside it.

The culvert was 1400mm high and 1200mm wide. It was over 50% filled in places with silt, stones and large boulders. A key challenge was the culvert’s location in a field, 150 metres from the nearest roadway.