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Landslip closes London rail line


The railway through Barnehurst in South London is due to reopen today, after it was hit by a 200t landslip on Monday night.

At around 10pm the trees, soil and debris slid onto the tracks, dislodging signalling equipment. Engineers from Network Rail and Costain have been clearing the site and planning repairs.

Network Rail’s route managing director Alasdair Coates said: “Passengers have been very patient and I am sorry for the disruption they have endured. We have a plan in place to bring the railway back into use in time for rush hour on Thursday morning, and meanwhile we are working to stabilise the sides of the railway and stop any further landslips.

“This shows the challenges we face in operating a railway that was designed and built by Victorians, while we are dealing with more rain, more often than ever before.”


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