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Landslide stops train services from Tunbridge Wells to Robertsbridge due to trees and mud on tracks

By Lydia Chantler-Hicks

A landslide has seen trees and mud cover train tracks - closing the line between Tunbridge Wells and Robertsbridge.

Southeastern and Network Rail have apologised to customers, and said the closure is to protect the safety of passengers.

Last night, Southeastern said early indications suggested the line may remain closed for a number of days.

A Southeastern train. Stock picture (7776407)
A Southeastern train. Stock picture (7776407)

A Network Rail spokesman explained: "Because the earth is still moving, we cannot risk passenger safety by running trains.

"Network Rail engineers have also been unable to start clearing the fallen trees and mud because of the movement. Engineers will inspect the site again in the morning before coming up with an action plan to repair the cutting and restore services.

"Until then, we cannot give a definitive timescale, but expect the route between Robertsbridge and Tunbridge Wells to remain closed for several days.”

Southeastern is advising passengers to find alternative routes, and to postpone journeys where possible.

A spokesman said: “We will be operating a replacement bus service between Robertsbridge and Tunbridge Wells and a shuttle train service between Hastings & Robertsbridge.

“Passengers travelling from stations south of Tunbridge Wells can use their tickets on High speed services from Ashford International, and may also park at Tonbridge or Tunbridge Wells free of charge. However, we do expect the car parks to be very busy.

“We will provide further updates as soon as we can, but in the meantime please check for the latest information before you travel at www.southeasternrailway.co.uk.

"We understand this is an inconvenience and we are doing everything we can to ensure services are running again as soon as possible. Customers affected by the closure can claim for compensation by visiting www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/delayrepay"

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