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Railway between Maidstone East and Ashford International to re-open after landslip near Bearsted

A section of railway line between Maidstone and Ashford, closed due to a landslip reopened this morning.

Southeastern tweeted yesterday to say work at Bearsted is ahead of schedule.

Network Rail teams examine the landslip near Bearsted. Picture: Derek Butcher
Network Rail teams examine the landslip near Bearsted. Picture: Derek Butcher

It comes as Network Rail revealed the cutting is so steep, teams attached to harnesses and ropes had to descend the embankment to examine the damage.

The landslide happened on Friday and rocks hit the 12.55pm service from Victoria to Ashford International.

The track has been out of action all weekend with a rail replacement bus service running between Maidstone East and Ashford.

Southeastern said tickets are alternatively valid on Stagecoach bus route 10x, which serves the two towns.

Passengers have also been thanked for their patience.

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