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Line closure in August between Ashford International and Maidstone East

Aug line closures

Network Rail engineers will be reinforcing Bearsted cutting to prevent landslips, as well as improving drainage and signalling in the area. For a nine-day period in August, no trains can run and a replacement bus service will be in operation.

There will also be further work on a couple of weekends in July before the main closure in August.

Line closures are always a last resort but extreme weather is having a significant impact on the Victorian railway embankments.

In the past decade, there have been several incidences of unplanned disruption for passengers as engineers have had to act quickly and get to the Bearsted site for urgent repairs. New Year’s Day 2021 was the most recent landslip due to heavy rain in the area.

The benefit of condensing works into nine days and additional weekends means that there won’t be multiple weekends over the course of a year when we can’t run trains. The repairs will help to improve reliability and performance while removing the need for any speed restrictions.

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