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Tonbridge Track Renewal

As part of our £1.25 billion investment on the Kent route, our engineers will be replacing track in the Tonbridge area across several weekends between January & May 2022.  

Aerial view of Tonbridge switches and crosses

There will be service changes on the Paddock Wood and Hastings lines on the weekends below. 

  • Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April (Easter weekend): Replacement bus service between Tonbridge and Paddock Wood & between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.
  • Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May (May Bank Holiday): Replacement bus service between Tonbridge and Paddock Wood & between Tonbridge and Wadhurst.
  • Sunday 8 May: Replacement bus service between Sevenoaks and Paddock Wood & between Sevenoaks and Wadhurst.
  • Saturday 21 May to Sunday 22 May: Replacement bus service between Tonbridge and Paddock Wood & between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.
  • Saturday 28 May to Sunday 29 May: Replacement bus service between Tonbridge and Paddock Wood & between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.

For more information, visit Southeastern’s planned engineering work page

What the work will involve

Our teams will be renewing the switches and crossings (the moveable sections of track that guide trains from one track to another and allow them to cross paths). They will also renew the rails, sleepers (wooden/concrete blocks that support the rails), and the stone ballast underneath. 

During the dates listed above, passengers should check before they travel as there will be changes to services, with Southeastern running rail replacement buses on some routes.  

Benefits

The project will focus on replacing the switches and crossings as they have a limited lifespan due to trains causing wear and tear over the years when they travel across them. This essential work will help reduce the number of delays in the long term and improve reliability for passengers. 


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