Published: 00:01, 30 December 2015 |
Updated: 12:07, 31 December 2015
Damage to rail track could take millions of pounds to repair, it's been revealed today.
Images just released reveal the true extent of damage to the sea wall near the railway line between Dover and Folkestone.
The pictures, taken by members of Samphire Hoe Country Park, reveal several major cracks in the wall.
One major fault runs vertically down the wall, while others appear to have opened up within the structure.
Meanwhile, potholes have appeared trackside after damage from a high tide.
But, after Network Rail and Southeastern bosses met this morning to discuss the major work required on the railway line, it's been revealed the damage is worsening.
Yesterday, Southeastern's train services director, Richard Dean, said passengers would receive compensation over the delays they are due to face and revealed it might be "a question of redesigning the railway".
They will access it via the beach, which is now a worksite and has been cut off to the public.
A high tide caused the cracks in the wall, which has resulted in no west-bound Southeastern services between Dover Priory and Folkestone Central.
Cracks were first discovered on Christmas Eve but engineers found two or three sinkholes along the wall with further damage caused over the past few days.
He has also asked for assurances from the Department for Transport that repairs will be a “priority and as swift as possible” whilst also calling for a review into the collapse of the sea defences.
An announcement from Network Rail Enquiries said: “Work will need to be carried out to repair 250 metres of track and rebuild the sea wall before the line can re-open.”
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