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Further movement delays Sussex rail line reopening

Network Rail has reported that further ground movement occurred during the final stages of repairing a failed railway embankment at Whatlington in Sussex.

Successful completion of the work, along with repairs at two other locations, was vital to Network Rail being able to reopen the rail line after a month of closures to undertake reconstruction of failed embankments.

“We are sorry for the delay in opening the route, however, we have to put safety first and in this instance the movement of the landslip means it will not be safe to run trains over it for a few more days,” said Network Rail route managing director Fiona Taylor. “Thankfully we had a team on site working on the slip so we were able to take immediate action.”

Contractor Volker Fitzpatrick had already placed more than 10,000t of aggregate retained by a 300m long sheet piled wall to restore the embankment, which failed in early February.

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