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Engineers assess site of landslip on railway line

The railway line which has buckled near Edenbridge
Network Rail has said the landslip has occurred in the Edenbridge area [Network Rail]

Engineers have begun shoring up a landslip which has closed a rail line linking Kent and Surrey.

The line between Redhill and Tonbridge had to close on 29 March due to a "safety inspection" of the track.

The line partially opened between Redhill and Edenbridge for the rest of the Easter weekend but has now closed in full for at least two weeks.

A Network Rail spokesperson said the landslip occurred in the Edenbridge area, although not exactly where.

The spokesperson added in a statement that Network Rail was "hopeful" the line would only be closed for two weeks, but it could be closed for longer.

Network Rail's Mark Killick said: "Work has started by removing vegetation at the embankment on which the railway sits before the work starts properly."

Stations that are affected by the closure are Tonbridge, Leigh, Penshurst, Edenbridge, Godstone, Nutfield and Redhill.

Rail replacement buses are in operation throughout the whole line, although passengers can also use their tickets to travel on services via London to reach their final destination.

Jenny Saunders, Govia Thameslink Railway’s customer services director, said: "Journeys will take longer so we’d advise customers to plan ahead and allow extra time. The latest information will be available on the Southern website.”

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