Rail line between Tunbridge Wells and Hastings closed for seven days



The rail line between Tunbridge Wells and Hastings will close from Saturday 23 October to Friday 29 October 2021 for major engineering work by Network Rail.

During this period, no train will run between these stations. By performing the work over seven consecutive days, the overall disruption to passengers will be greatly reduced. For those wishing to travel, alternative rail bus services will be provided.

The work is needed as the steep entrances to the Victorian-built Wadhurst Tunnel are increasingly affected by heavy rains and subsidence.

The work will emulate the recently completed project at Bearsted in Kent, where earth nails were driven into the face face at both ends of the tunnel to prevent further erosion. Engineers have visited the Wadhurst Tunnel several times over the past decade, both to secure the track and to make temporary repairs to weather-related movements.

In Etchingham, they will take advantage of the closure of the line to modernize the station footbridge. Diseased and non-native trees will also be removed to open up the forest and improve the environment for pollinators.

During the blockade, engineers will also work on the Nevill Golf Club embankment, while Network Rail will perform maintenance work at closed stations.

Fiona Taylor, Network Rail’s Kent Route Director, said: “Passengers have two weeks to prepare for the closure of the line from Tunbridge Wells to Hastings. The steep trenches along the line have suffered from a number of landslides in recent years causing significant disruption to passengers on this key route between the coast and central London and we are nearing the end of our work to stabilize them.

“We will tackle a number of other works such as improving biodiversity and carrying out station improvement works that will make the most of the line closure and minimize disruption. for passengers. “

Scott Brightwell, Director of Rail Services at Southeastern, said: “This essential work will reduce the number of long-term delays and therefore improve passenger journeys.

“We ask our passengers wishing to travel on these dates to allow much more time for their travel, which will involve accessible rail replacement buses and coaches.

“We are working to ensure that people have as many alternative options as possible during the closures.”

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