Emergency weekend closure of Uckfield line between Ashurst and Hurst Green
To enable emergency engineering work, the Uckfield line will be closed between Ashurst and Hurst Green this weekend (Saturday, 29th February and Sunday, 1st March 2020). We recognise that this will be very inconvenient for our customers, but we must complete this essential work to prevent a major landslip and a much longer closure of the railway.
This emergency closure will enable our engineers to work to prevent a damaged embankment near Edenbridge from failing. A 30-metre section of this embankment has started to slip following Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis. Trains have been able to continue to run with speed restrictions in place, but work is needed immediately to stop the line from being blocked completely in the event of further bad weather.
This weekend, engineers will install a steel wall to enable the line to reopen for the start of service on Monday, 2nd March with a speed restriction still in place. This is a temporary repair with a full repair to be planned and completed at a later date.
To support customers to continue to travel this weekend, tickets will be accepted on Southeastern services via Tunbridge Wells and GTR services via Lewes and Haywards Heath.
We are working to introduce a train between Uckfield and Ashurst and replacement bus services wherever possible across the route. Unfortunately, the number of landslips across the area means that availability of replacement buses is very limited, but we are working to source as many as possible and information for customers will be available tomorrow afternoon.
As a result, our current advice to customers is where possible to avoid travelling from Edenbridge Town, Hever, Cowden, Ashurst, Eridge, Crowborough, Buxted or Uckfield stations or to make alternative arrangements to travel from stations such as Tunbridge Wells or Lewes where ticket acceptance is in place.
Full information for customers on travel advice, refunds, ticket acceptance and alternatives where available will be available by 16:00 on Friday 28th
February 2020 at www.southernrailway.com