Dorking to Horsham railway line reopens after landslide near Ockley

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Trains have resumed operation on the Horsham-Dorking railway line after engineers completed repairs following a 30-meter landslide near Ockley station.

Wealden clay was used in Victorian times to build the embankment across Ockley, and this section became saturated during the December rains and a landslide occurred between Christmas Eve and Day after Xmas.

500 tons of material were used to rebuild the railway line where the embankment collapsed and now supported by a new wall of sheet steel.

The work was completed in time for train traffic on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Shaun King, Route Director, Sussex said: “Following a landslide on the Mole Valley line near Ockley station over Christmas, engineers worked tirelessly to stabilize the embankment, re-level the cutting slope and install 30 meters of sheet piles.

“The railway was successfully returned on Monday January 4, and services are operating again between Horsham and Dorking. Well done to everyone involved for doing a wonderful job under very difficult circumstances. “

“I would like to apologize to the passengers for the disruption while we fix things and also thank the neighbors in the area for their patience while this emergency work was carried out.”

Angie Doll, Managing Director of Southern and Gatwick Express, said: “I am very grateful to Network Rail for its swift response to this incident and for making the line secure again. I apologize for the disruption caused by the landslide and join Network Rail in thanking everyone involved for their patience.

Derek Butcher, Network Rail’s Southern Region Road Asset Manager for Geotechnics, said: “The backfill was repaired working around the clock and we thank our contractors and employees who worked tirelessly to reopen the line. a railway. Not only did we repair the site of the landslide with 30 meters of sheet pile wall, but we also managed to repair an additional 15 meters section with a column wall. This will help improve the weather resistance of the backfill for many years to come. “

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