Posted 3rd January 2016 | 6 Comments
Dover to Folkestone line set to be closed for some time
BUSES seem likely to replace trains between Folkestone and Dover for some time into the New Year, after bad weather just before Christmas damaged a seawall near Dover Harbour. Cracks were found on Christmas Eve, and the situation has worsened since.
Network Rail said strong winds and high tides had caused severe damage, and a number of sink holes two or three metres deep along the wall have also been discovered.
High Speed trains will be running between Folkestone Central and London, but Southeastern services between there and Dover Priory will continue to be disrupted, with trains replaced by buses from Monday.
Some Southeastern High Speed trains will be diverted to run between Ashford International and Ramsgate via Canterbury West and passengers travelling between Dover and London will be able to use trains to London Victoria via Canterbury East. In addition, a service will run each day between Dover Priory and Ramsgate calling at Martin Mill, Deal, Walmer and Sandwich.
A spokesman for Southeastern warned: "Network Rail have encountered a great deal of damage and the repair works will take a significant amount of time."
The work will involve not only rebuilding the sea wall but also repairing 250m of track.
Network Rail said: "Our orange army is working round the clock to establish what action needs to be taken, though we know the damage to the sea wall supporting the railway is severe.
“Teams of engineers are on site and we will do everything we can to reopen this stretch of railway as quickly as possible."
Meanwhile, the line between Dunkeld & Birnam and Pitlochry is expected to remain closed for another week after being damaged by floods. Trains are running between Inverness and Aviemore, while replacement buses are being provided between Perth and Inverness. Caledonian Sleeper services are being diverted.
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