Railway line reopened following 10-metre landslip (no train could run for a week)

Engineers have fixed a landslip at Lingfield near East Grinstead <i>(Image: Network Rail)</i>
Engineers have fixed a landslip at Lingfield near East Grinstead (Image: Network Rail)

A railway line has reopened after a 10-metre long landslip caused it to be closed for a week.

No train services were able to run on the line for a week while Network Rail teams reinforced the bank with steel girders.

The landslip happened on Tuesday last week at Lingfield, between East Grinstead and Hurst Green in Surrey following a period of heavy rain.

Engineers placed 44 girders which stabilise and support the embankment, before filling it with 50,000 tonnes of ballast.

Network Rail’s route director for Sussex, Lucy McAuliffe, said: “I’m really pleased to say that we’re able to reopen the railway slightly earlier than expected ahead of our midweek target.

“Our teams and contractors have been working really hard to get the landslip fixed as quickly as possible and I’d like to say a huge thank you for their quick response and collaborative efforts.

“I’d like to thank our neighbours living alongside the railway for their patience whilst we carried out this crucial work and those passengers who were faced with more disruption last week.

The Argus: Putting in the steel girders
The Argus: Putting in the steel girders

Putting in the steel girders (Image: Network Rail)

“We are more than confident that the railway will be reopened from tomorrow morning but in the meantime please continue to check before you travel to be on the safe side."

The line was closed for around an hour today due to a signalling fault.