Emergency embankment works between Horley and Salfords

From Friday 8th January at 23.45 to Tuesday 12th January at 04.00 – we will be delivering emergency embankment stabilisation works between Horley and Salfords on the Brighton main line. This will affect train services between the south coast, London and Cambridge. We are asking customers to check before travelling.

The section of the embankment that we will be working on has shown significant movement through our monitoring systems and there is currently a 5mph speed restriction in place.

We will be working in partnership with BAM Nuttall to deliver a permanent fix to the railway by installing sheet piles to stabilise the embankment. This mitigation will remove risk from the railway and mean that passenger services are able to resume next week.

We’re conscious that at this time passenger numbers are lower due to the new lockdown announced by the Prime Minister, however we are mindful of key workers who use public transport to get to work.

Travel advice for Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th and Monday 11th January

We’ve been working hard to resolve the incidents and are doing everything we can, working closely with operators, to get people to their destinations.

2 lines will be closed in the Salfords area (near Gatwick) on these days to allow repairs to be made to the embankment and track in the area. This will the temporary 5mph speed restriction to be removed, a normal train service should run from Tuesday 12th January.

The Thameslink, Southern and Network Rail control teams are developing a revised train service to run on these days (Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th and Monday 11th January). When this is complete we will be able to advise of the key changes to the train service but customers should expect a reduced service between the south coast, London and Cambridge.

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