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As part of our £1.25 billion investment on the Kent route, our engineers will renew the railway infrastructure in the Tonbridge area across several weekends, starting in January 2022.  

Aerial view of Tonbridge switches and crosses

Dates for your diary

  • Saturday 22 January to Sunday 23 January 2021 (all weekend)
  • Sunday 1 May to Monday 2 May (Bank Holiday)
  • Saturday 21 May to Sunday 22 May 2022 (all weekend)
  • Saturday 28 May to Sunday 29 May 2022 (all weekend)

What the work will involve

Teams will be completing renewal projects on:

  • Switches and crossings – which are the moveable sections of track that guide trains from one track to another and allow them to cross paths.
  • Rails – the lengths of steel and are welded together
  • Sleepers – the wooden or concrete blocks that support the rails
  • Ballast – the stones beneath the track that give support.

Over the course of the work passengers should check before they travel. During the core works, the line will be closed from Tonbridge to Paddock Wood, on the Tonbridge to Hastings Line and the Redhill to Tonbridge Line. Southeastern will be operating a rail replacement bus service, more details will be available shortly.


The project will focus on replacing the switches and crossings as they have a limited lifespan, due to trains causing wear and deformation when they travel across them. This essential work will help reduce the number of delays in the long term and help improve passenger journeys.

By renewing worn sections of track, this will improve the ride quality for passengers using the route.

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Contact us

For more information or to get in touch with us, please contact us by visiting our contact us page or by calling our 24-hour national helpline on  03457 11 41 41.

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