70m wall collapse on network rail refurb (Video)

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Footage that has left many in the rail industry flabbergasted has emerged of a serious wall collapse on the Network Rail viaduct in Nine Elms, London.

The 70 metre section of brick wall looked to be undermined and subsequently collapsed during the work but no-one was injured during the incident on Christmas Day.

Network Rail is launching an investigation following the collapse which started when a small section failed.

CCTV footage of the incident was posted on social media.


The retaining railway wall had handrails bolted into bricks of the wall which were disturbed and helped pulldown the 70m retaining wall.

Network Rail commented and said the original collapse was not caused by being struck by machinery but work was taking place with a digger to remove old rails and sleepers.

Train services in the area are still disrupted while Network Rail rebuilds the wall.

Network Rail Wessex route director,Mark Killick, commented saying: “I want to pay tribute to the hundreds of staff who worked between Christmas and new year to improve the railway for passengers.

“I want to thank passengers for their understanding while the work has gone on, and also the communities where our teams have been working 24/7, as we know it can be difficult to have so much work going on next to your home.

“Unfortunately, during the holiday period our people also dealt with two unexpected incidents. Following Storm Bella, a landslip meant we needed to deliver emergency work close to Wanborough station.

“Also, while the work at Nine Elms was taking place, a section of brick wall on a viaduct collapsed, and there will be some changes to South Western Railway services from Waterloo as a result.

“We are rebuilding the wall as quickly as possible; there were no injuries and investigations continue into the cause of the collapse.”