We will close the Bexleyheath line during the February half term next year to carry out major work to protect passengers from disruption caused by landslips.
After four landslips in the past decade – the most recent in February this year, blocking the line for seven days – we’re investing £6.6 million to provide a safe, permanent solution.
9-day Line closure – Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 February 2020
The steep cutting in the Barnehurst area is prone to landslips during periods of wet weather.
To prevent future landslips, we will:
- Remove 2,500 tonnes of mud and trees so engineers can reduce the steepness of the cutting slopes.
- Bring in 8,000 tonnes of material, such as gravel and concrete, to build retaining walls along both sides of the cutting, stretching 650 metres.
- The walls are made from steel beams, which are vibrated and driven into the ground six metres deep and then finished with huge concrete blocks and will stop any future landslips from reaching the tracks.
To make the most of the closure, we will also bring forward other infrastructure improvements in the area, as well as essential maintenance at the affected stations.
This will not only reduce the amount of engineering works in the future but give passengers the reliability benefits much sooner.
Keeping passengers moving
We know there is never a good time to close the railway, so have chosen to do the work in the February half-term when passenger demand is typically lower. For those passengers travelling over the 9-days we will work closely with Southeastern to keep people moving.
- The railway will close between Kidbrooke station and Barnehurst station only, where buses will replace trains.
- The Woolwich and Sidcup lines and the Charlton to Blackheath link will remain open.
- Capacity on these lines will be increased by running additional or longer trains where possible.
- Rail replacement bus services will run and tickets will be accepted on all other reasonable routes.
More detailed information on the exact times of alternative train and bus replacement services will be available nearer the closure.
Network Rail and Southeastern will undertake a large-scale passenger awareness campaign to ensure people are fully aware of the closures, the impact on journeys, the alternative travel options available to them and the benefits the work will bring to south east London.
We care about how our work on the railway affects our neighbours and will write to local residents about the work and how they might be impacted. Drop-in sessions will be held closer to the work to give neighbours more information and the opportunity to speak to the project team.
For more information, call our National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or contact us on Twitter @NetworkRailSE.
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