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Landslip affects Tonbridge to Tunbridge Wells Sunday service, says Network Rail

Landslip emergency work means there are no trains between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells this Sunday.

Buses will replace trains between the two stations after a small landslip near Tonbridge.

The landslip near Tonbridge. Picture: Network Rail
The landslip near Tonbridge. Picture: Network Rail

Network Rail engineers will work to protect the railway from the slip, which happened today just outside Somerhill Tunnel, between Tonbridge and High Brooms.

Trains are currently running with a speed restriction and a permanent watchperson and the protective work will mean neither of these will be needed.

Engineers will return at a later date to fix the slip completely.

Network Rail’s route director for Kent, Fiona Taylor, said: “I know many people are planning to take the train to London on Sunday and I’m sorry we are having to take this step.

"However, we have to put passengers’ safety first and this work will is essential to do that. Thank you for your patience.”

Train services are affected on Sunday. Library image
Train services are affected on Sunday. Library image

The practical effects on passengers are as follows:

Saturday night's last train from London Charing Cross to Tunbridge Wells at 12.15am on Sunday will be replaced by a bus after Tonbridge.

Secondly, buses will replace trains in both directions between Tonbridge to Tunbridge Wells all day Sunday.

Trains will continue to run between London and Tonbridge and Hastings and Tunbridge Wells.

Train services will be back to normal on Monday morning.

Journey planners will be updated overnight on Friday and will show the amended timetable from Saturday morning.

There was a similar situation in the Dover area today when chalkfall disrupted services going from Ramsgate to Dover Priory station.

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