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Tonbridge to Robertsbridge rail-line reopens after landslide

The rail line between Tonbridge and Robertsbridge has re-opened.

Network Rail has completed repairs after a landslide at High Brooms closed the line earlier this month.

Work on the landslip at High Brooms has now been completed
Work on the landslip at High Brooms has now been completed

The landslip occurred in the early hours of Monday, February 1.

It was detected by remote sensors, prompting work to protect the railway along a 150m stretch of cutting.

The line was reopened on Saturday, following a full-scale repair working 10m into the surrounding hills.

At the same time work was taking place nearby to guard against a potential landslip at the southern end of Wadhurst Tunnel.

Fiona Taylor, Network Rail route director for Kent, said: “I’m really grateful to passengers and our lineside neighbours for their patience during these works."

Some 5,000 tonnes of spoil were removed from the bank
Some 5,000 tonnes of spoil were removed from the bank

She added: "It is absolutely essential that our railway is safe to travel on and the work we’ve done will help to improve the resilience of this line for years to come.

"By working smartly, we have been able to accelerate some of the repairs needed on a nearby site at Wadhurst Tunnel.

“This line, and several others across the Southern region, are unfortunately suffering from landslips caused by the higher than average rainfall during this and several recent winters. This is driven by the changes we’re seeing in our climate.

"We aim to detect these failures in advance, repairing them rapidly and safely as part of our plans to make our railway resilient for the future.”

A previous speed limit which was in place on the line has also been lifted allowing faster journeys for passengers.

The permanent fix along approximately 150 metres of the 160-year-old cutting included re-grading it, making it less steep, soil nailing and placing netting over the top to ensure no more slippage occurs.

More than 5,000 tonnes of spoil were removed from the site.

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