The refurbishment of some Victorian railway tunnels - using old materials in new applications

As part of the UK Railtrack structures renewal programme 1997/1998, Charles Haswell and Partners Limited were involved with 13 tunnels in the Great Western Region, four of which had been associated with the engineer Brunel in his years as designer and engineer at Great Western Railways. Haswell were asked to inspect and prepare a scope of remedial works for each tunnel and then to design and supervise all remedial works. In order to assess the requirement for repairs and what was possible with regards to lining removal, a detailed desk study was carried out on the tunnel construction and an estimate of the strength of the block lining ring was made from the construction details. Further strengthening measures are now being developed by Haswell for transport tunnels in London using carbon fibre sheeting to improve the load carrying capacity and to extend effective life of these structures.


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  • Accession Number: 01011792
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-947644-43-1
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 19 2005 3:32PM