CP5 and CP6 Mallaig Scotland

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CP5 and CP6 Mallaig Scotland

Location: Mallaig, Scotland

QTS Group have been delivering solutions to Network Rail in Scotland since 2005, Minova have provided the majority of material since this date.

A stretch of the line between Fort William and Mallaig featured in many of the Harry Potter film series, including the Glenfinnan viaduct. The route was also voted as “best line” for scenery by readers of Wanderlust magazine for its views of some of Scotland’s finest lochs and mountains.


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CP5 and CP6 Mallaig Scotland


While the Mallaig line is a rural line, the remote nature of the section means that geotechnical incidents such as rockfalls, soil failures and toppling of trees can result in significant disruption. 

QTS Group were awarded the contract to provide geotechnical solutions to reduce the risk to the line posed by these assets, particularly during periods of intense or prolonged rainfall.


Minova supported QTS Geotechnical Ltd with passive draped rockfall netting and accessories, galvanised ATB rock bolts, Lokset resin capsules.

The rapid set and strength gain possible from the Lokset Resin Capsules allows the product to be used in time critical and early support applications including the possession restraints of open rail lines.

Our ATB rock bolt is made from 500N/mm² Steel and features a hot-rolled continuous thread. The bar is ideal for installing into Lokset resin capsules, achieving optimum mixing and full encapsulation.

The netting is hung down the slope face from a secure crest rope. The mesh is enhanced by rock bolts and plates contouring the mesh back to the rock face. Rock debris from the face is contained safely behind the mesh.


The first sites on the Mallaig line have been delivered on time, inspected and signed off.

With various other locations to begin shortly, the collaboration between Minova and QTS will ensure the success continues throughout CP6.

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