Eyemore Cutting

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2007 washout between Victoria Bridge and Eyemore Cutting (Wikimedia Commons)

Eyemore Cutting is located at the south (Bewdley) end of Victoria Bridge.

A stream is carried underneath the cutting through a Victorian syphon culvert. This is included as item SVR040* in the Wyre Forest District Council Local Heritage List, which notes it as being an "extremely unusual feature".

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

The site was declared a SSSI by English Nature due to the unusual geology (see below).

Geological Conservation Review (GCRGreat Central Railway) Number 1743
Name Eyemore Railway Cutting
Unitary Authority Worcestershire
Grid Ref SO767792


Eymore Cutting is notable as the only available exposure of fossilferous Eymore Farm marine band, a Bolsovian Substage rock.[1][2]. It is a rare occurrence of coal-bearing mudstones appearing at surface level, first described in 1946.[3]

Geological instability

Unfortunately its geology has proved less than stable over the years.

  • In summer 1985, work was deemed necessary to remove some unstable rock. Part of the cutting was strengthened using redundant concrete pads from the former BRBritish Rail or British Railways yard at Kidderminster[4].
  • Wet weather in the winter of 2000-2001 resulted in a rockfall on the west side of the cutting. Although the rocks which blocked the line were quickly removed, the cutting side remained unstable and English Nature required the SVRSevern Valley Railway to engineer a solution to the problem which would not damage the site. While this was developed in Spring 2001 a watchman was permanently on duty on running days to warn approaching trains if necessary[5]. English Nature rejected the use of a retaining wall or additional ‘gabions’ to those already in place, and opted for the cutting wall to be re-profiled at a shallower angle[6].
  • Another rockfall occurred in February 2005. This required further re-profiling of the cutting wall[7].
  • The ground between Victoria Bridge and the entrance to Eyemore Cutting was one of the areas affected the freak storms in June and July 2007. The earlier rockfalls occurred in the cutting, just beyond the signal in the picture.

See also

From The Window


  1. [1] Wyre Forest District Local Development Framework Core Strategy Development Plan Document Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report July 2007 (Retrieved 11 November 2019)
  2. The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units (Retrieved 11 November 2019)
  3. C.J. Cleal and B.A. Thomas, British Upper Carboniferous Stratigraphy, Springer Science & Business Media (2013), pp. 139-141 via Google books
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 79
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 135
  6. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 136
  7. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 150


Joint Nature Conservation Committee