Moving the River Taw

To save a railway we moved a river, reducing the long-term risks of erosion, providing better land access and re-homing its inhabitants. And we did it all in just four months.


Key facts

Number of months to design and deliver a project that would normally take 18
4 4
3,741 Number of fish rescued from the existing channel and released downstream of the diversion
3,741 3,741
Length of the River Taw’s new channel at Colleton Mill
185m 185m
This dramatic plan would provide long-term security for this locally important rail infrastructure, increasing its resilience to the effects of future climate change and allowing us to reinstate habitats to cater for the resident wildlife.
Chris Ackland Assistant engineer, WSP UK