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Weather related slope failures continue to impact on rail services

Extreme weather caused 29 landslips on the UK rail network between 8 December and 4 January, according to the latest punctuality statistics release by Network Rail.

The effect of these slope failures, along with almost 400 fallen trees and nearly130 floods, reduced punctuality to 83.7%, compared to 88.3% for the same period last year and a moving annual average of 90.1%.

The impact of the weather looks set to continue to affect rail services across the UK as work to repair the damage continues.

Rail operator Southeastern has introduced a revised timetable for its Hastings line service while repairs are carried out on failed embankments near the Wadhurst Tunnel in Sussex. The operator’s services on the Bexleyheath line were also affected by emergency engineering work yesterday to repair a landslip at Barneshurst.

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