Network Rail has said that a further landslip on its Hastings to London rail line means that the line must close for at least two weeks to enable repairs to be carried out.
The line had been operating under severe speed restrictions and occasional closures since the landslides near Wadhurst at the end of last year but another landslide between Battle and Robertsbridge has resulted in the decision to suspend services.
“Safety is our top priority and we cannot safely carry out such extensive repair work with trains still running and with more bad weather on the way,” said Network Rail route managing director Fiona Taylor.
“With two serious embankment failures on one stretch of line, this is the best, quickest and safest way of fixing the problems.”
Network Rail has said that the work will focus on two areas and piling operations will be used to stabilise the affected embankments.