Southern will be reopening the railway between Redhill and Tonbridge two weeks earlier than expected once repairs to the Edenbridge landslip have been completed, on Monday, 16 March.
Since the railway closed on 22 December, Network Rail engineers and contractors BAM Nuttall have been working round the clock to repair the landslip, one of the largest in the history of this region’s railway, and Southern have been running weekday shuttle trains from Edenbridge to Tonbridge, and buses over the rest of the route.
This has been an incredibly challenging landslip to repair and it has been a difficult time for passengers too. We are grateful to passengers for their patience and understanding while we have been working to reinstate the railway.
The landslip occurred over a 30m section of embankment, where the railway is carried high over the River Eden and surrounding fields. It followed a month’s worth of rain in one week in December.
A further 400m of railway is being shored up to prevent any further problems in the area.
Elsewhere, work is continuing on the East Grinstead line to restore this railway to service and we will keep you updated on progress.
Paul Codd Greg Thompson
Senior Stakeholder Manager Public Affairs Manager
GTR Network Rail