The extension is coming nearer to Broadway!
For this week, a substantial 45T excavator with an extra long arm was hired in to dig 15 trial trenches into the embankment at the level of the Cravan Club, or former goods yard.
During most of the day, your blogger was at work at CRC2, but Broadway is on the way back and this allowed a quick visit to see what they had achieved so far.
This is one of the first trenches dug. In the foreground there is rubble from the Mythe bridges at Tewksbury, then the trench gets shallower towards the top, with a solid clay bottom all along.
The next trenches were somewhat deeper, in a quest to determine the level of the clay underneath.
A great deal of ash was removed from near the top.
These are the second and third trenches, rather deeper and with evidence of red ash from something like a steelworks or a foundry above the clay. One has filled with water, which however drained away after a short while.
The excavator is here for at least all of this week. With 5 of the 15 trenches already dug, progress was good, helped by the dry weather.
Once we know how this embankment is constructed, conclusions can be drawn and any corrective measures considered.