Network Rail have announced that work has started to reopen the railway line between East Grinstead and Lingfield by March 30, 2020 after a landslide blocked the line.
There were two landslides between Dormans and East Grinstead.
The first landslide occurred on December 28, but trains were able to continue running, with a speed limit. Engineers began working on a plan to repair the line, but storms Ciara and Dennis further damaged the embankment and the line had to be closed.
The slide repair work involves the construction of an 800 meter long road just to reach the site. Steel beams will be driven into the ground to build a wall to repair the embankment, and engineers will use cranes and hi-rail vehicles.
Nearly 25,000 tons of new material must be brought in to replace the earth lost in the holds and will be delivered to the site by 25 trains.
Once the railway line is open to trains, additional work will be carried out to consolidate the section between the two landslides when it is less disruptive to passengers.
Two trains per hour run between Lingfield and London Victoria, and during peak hours three 12-car Thameslink trains run between Oxted and London Bridge. Rail replacement bus services are also in place between Hurst Green and East Grinstead.
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What did the officials say?
Shaun King, route director for Sussex, said:
“I really appreciate how passengers are seeing their journeys affected by this landslide. I want to assure them that we are challenging each other and constantly reviewing our plans to see if we can open this railway. as soon as possible before March 30.
“I really appreciate everyone’s patience as we do this work.”
Southern Client Services Manager Chris Fowler said:
“We understand the difficulties our passengers are facing due to this landslide and we are doing our best to keep people moving during the closure.
“We have additional parking at Lingfield and Gatwick Airport, rail replacement bus services from East Grinstead to Three Bridges and Lingfield, and our tickets are accepted on many local buses and other rail services.
“For more details, please visit our website www.southernrailway.com.”
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