A GWRT APPEAL SUPPORTING THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARWICKSHIRE RAILWAY

 

The GWSR needs URGENT Help

Major landslip at Gotherington endangers future of the line

Funds dry up because of the Coronavirus effect

 

This is an Urgent appeal for funds needed
to complete the landslip repair at Gotherington

You can help this cause by donating to us either:

by Bank Transfer to Sort Code 30-90-89 Account 47638368 using the reference ‘LANDSLIP’ plus your membership number (if applicable)

or by sending your cheque payable to GWRT to The Chairman, GWRT, Churchward House, Winchcombe Railway Station, Winchcombe, Glos GL54 5LD.

 

In either case, or if donating via PayPal, if you are a UK taxpayer and feel able to download, complete, scan and e-mail our Gift Aid form to trust.chairman@gwsr.com

we will be able to claim 25% Gift Aid. Alternatively, you can print, complete and return it to the above address.

 

Another way of donating is to use the GWRT PayPal account by clicking the Donate buton below. 

In the option "Write A Note" please add GWRT Slip Appeal and, if applicable, your membership number, please.

 

 

As of the 20th March 2020 work is well under way to repair the landslip at Gotherington, but we urgently need £250,000 to complete this work. The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with its associated loss of income has left the Railway in a precarious position. If the work doesn’t continue to the end of the current phase, the slip will continue to deteriorate. If we stop now, there is a real danger that when are allowed to open, trains will not be able to run south of Gotherington. We still have to pay for all the materials on site and on order, added to this would be the additional costs of demobilising the contractor workforce and then remobilising later in the year to complete the works.

 

The story of the landslip near Manor Lane Bridge at Gotherington

 

Gotherington slip face in February 2020

At the end of November 2019, one of our lineside teams spotted a crack in the embankment to the south of Gotherington. The crack rapidly developed into a serious slip as the side of the slope slumped. This followed the extended period of heavy rain in the latter part of last year; the continued rain over the winter made the situation worse and trains were stopped from running over the area in January.

 

Geological investigation discovered that when the GWR built the line in 1906 they had built the embankment on top of an ancient landslip which had been used for ridge and furrow cultivation in the middle ages. The reality of this being that the area is inherently unstable.

 

Contractors were engaged to design a solution and to repair the slip, the work being far beyond the capabilities of our own volunteer workforce. Specialist heavy plant was brought in at short notice to install soil nails and sheet piles to stabilise the embankment and to spray concrete over the slip face to prevent further falls.

 

35 tonne piling machine in action

By the time the contractors were engaged, the slip face was 3.4m deep

 

After a Herculean effort by our Main Contractor, Walsh Construction, and the soil nail specialists, M&J Drilling the line was reopened for business on the 7th March with a speed restriction in place. Little did we know at the time that there was the coronavirus pandemic around the corner.

 

The battle to contain the slip wasn’t over: the line had been stabilised so that trains could run again, but civil engineering work is ongoing with the installation of steel sheet piles and more soil nails.

The project isn’t finished yet; in order to ensure that the line survives the extended shut down enforced by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the work must run on.

 

The total cost for the project has topped £500,000; a substantial grant from the GWR Trust has gone some way to defray the costs. However, there is still £250,000 to pay to complete the works. The loss of revenue caused by the enforced closure means that the railway needs to raise this sum within the next 2 months to secure the future of the line. Anything you can give towards this sum would be greatly appreciated; the whole future of the line is at stake. Thank you for your support. 

 

You can help this cause by donating to us either:

By Bank Transfer to Sort Code 30-90-89 Account 47638368 using the reference LANDSLIP’ plus your membership number (if applicable)

or by sending your cheque payable to GWRT to The Chairman, GWRT, Churchward House, Winchcombe Railway Station, Winchcombe, Glos GL54 5LD.

 

 

In either case, if you are a UK taxpayer and feel able to download, complete, scan and e-mail our Gift Aid form to trust.chairman@gwsr.com

we will be able to claim 25% Gift Aid. Alternatively, you can print, complete and return it to the above address.