South London rail line to close for nine days in July

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Passengers are urged to plan ahead as Network Rail prepares for the nine-day total closure of the Penge Tunnel between Brixton and Beckenham Junction in south London at the end of July

A section of line between Brixton and Beckenham Junction will be closed to allow Network Rail engineers to complete work in the Penge Tunnel. The line will be closed for nine consecutive days at the end of the month, from Saturday July 23 to Sunday July 31.

Engineers will work to replace approximately two and a half miles of track, replacing the track inside the 1.25 mile long tunnel. The old track will be removed so that the track bed can be excavated, and then the rail and ballast can be replaced using a specialist track-laying machine.

By completing this work, the line aims to continue operational safety and increase the reliability of services.

While the work is being carried out, other crucial maintenance work will be carried out to avoid having to do it again later.

The £5m replacement is part of the South East upgrade programme. the program aims to provide better journeys through improved infrastructure for passengers in Kent and South East London.

Fiona Taylor, Network Rail’s Kent Route Manager, said: “We would like to thank passengers and residents living along the railway line for their patience as we carry out this major track replacement at the Penge Tunnel.

“It will be a difficult task as the tunnel is over a mile long, but the benefits will mean less maintenance will be required in the future as the track and components will be newer, meaning fewer faults and smoother and more reliable journeys for passengers.

“We recognize that this work can be disruptive to passengers and those who live alongside the track and that’s why we have tried to incorporate other maintenance tasks into the nine-day track closure so that it causes less disruption and is more profitable.

“By taking nine full days, we will significantly reduce overall disruption to passengers, as the alternative to this approach would be five weekend closures in addition to two separate Sundays.”

Scott Brightwell, Operations and Security Manager for the South East, said: “We don’t want people getting caught, so our advice to our passengers during this job is to check before you travel and plan ahead. advance using the Southeastern or National Rail Information website. There’s never a good time to do a job like this, but the work is crucial and that will mean better trips in the future.

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