Stanworth rock cutting, view east, 17 July 1996

Stanworth rock cutting, view east (see all photos of the same view)

The rock cutting at Stanworth is now approaching its full depth: on the right, two steps can be seen down the slope, which are present even now on the finished road. In the distance, beyond the boundary into contract 2, a row of massive piers have been built to support the viaduct over Stanworth Valley.

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