Landslip Closes West Kent Train Line

14 March 2019, 12:05 | Updated: 14 March 2019, 12:08

Southeastern Trains

A landslip caused by a tree which was brought down in strong winds has blocked a train line in West Kent.

The track is closed in both directions between Tunbridge Wells and Robertsbridge until further notice.

Southeastern and Network Rail have apologised to customers and said safety of the railway is the first priority.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: "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.”

A spokesman for Southeastern said: "We strongly advise passengers to find alternative routes and postpone journeys where possible. 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 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"