Landslide could cause train disruption between London Victoria and Horsham 'well into December'

Croydon Guardian: Landslide could cause train disruption on Southern trains 'well into December' Landslide could cause train disruption on Southern trains 'well into December'

A landslide in Surrey is expected to cause delays and cancellations for weeks on busy a rail-route.

Passengers who use Southern services between London Victoria and Horsham have been affected by late trains, revised timetables and amended services since Monday, following the recent bad weather.

Southern Rail said it was unable to operate a full timetable on this route, which covers stations including Epsom, Sutton, Norwood Junction, West Croydon, Balham and Mitcham Junction until remedial repair work has taken place.

The damage was caused after heavy rain washed away part of the embankment, making it unsafe for trains to run on that part of the line.

Services which go both up and down the route will have to be run on the same line during the repairs.

Network Rail is responsible for carrying out the works, which could run well into December, owing to the extent of the damage and the rural location.

A temporary road has to be built to gain access.

Southern’s Head of Specification and Train Planning, Dave Walker, said replacement bus service running will supplement the loss of services, allowing everyone to get to their destination.

He added: "We apologise to our passengers for the inconvenience this will cause, but we ask them to bear with us."

Until further notice, amendments and cancellations will apply every weekday.

Passengers are advised to check for train running information at nationalrail.co.uk or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.

The following amendments and cancellations apply every weekday until further notice:

The 06.52 Horsham to London Victoria is cancelled. A Rail replacement bus service will operate between Horsham and Dorking. This bus will depart from Horsham at 06.52 calling at Warnham, Ockley, Holmwood and Dorking.

The 07.56 Horsham to London Victoria is cancelled. A Rail replacement bus service will operate between Horsham and Dorking. This bus will depart from Horsham at 07.56 calling at Warnham, Ockley, Holmwood and Dorking.

The 17.07 Horsham to Victoria will operate 12 minutes earlier than normal from Warnham, Ockley, Holmwood and Dorking.

The 17.34 Horsham to Victoria is cancelled. A Rail replacement BUS service will operate between Horsham and Dorking. This bus will depart from Horsham at 17.34 calling at Warnham, Ockley, Holmwood and Dorking.

The 18.34 Horsham to London Victoria is cancelled between Horsham and Epsom. This train will start from Epsom at 19.12 and operate as normal from there to London Victoria. A Rail replacement bus service will operate between Horsham and Dorking. This bus will depart from Horsham at 18.34 calling at Warnham, Ockley, Holmwood and Dorking.

The 06.17 London Victoria to Horsham is cancelled. A Rail replacement bus service will operate between Dorking and Horsham. This bus will depart from Dorking at 07.16 calling at Holmwood, Ockley, Warnham and Horsham.

The 16.47 Victoria to Horsham will run as normal to Epsom where it will terminate and will be cancelled between Epsom and Horsham. A Rail replacement bus service will operate between Dorking and Horsham. This bus will depart from Dorking at 17.46 calling at Holmwood, Ockley, Warnham and Horsham.

The 17.50 Victoria to Horsham is amended. After Balham the train is diverted to East Croydon calling at all stations. This train will not call at stations between Balham and Horsham. A Rail replacement BUS service will operate between Dorking and Horsham. This bus will depart from Dorking at 18.49 calling at Holmwood, Ockley, Warnham and Horsham.

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10:44am Wed 28 Nov 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Single line working introduced: very interesting to us railway Anoraks.
Single line working introduced: very interesting to us railway Anoraks. Michael Pantlin
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4:52pm Wed 28 Nov 12

JimmyRio says...

I bet the land slides are due to tree removal. Trees have been removed throughout the network to reduce leaves on the line but this has in turn weakened the banks making them more susseptable to land slips.
I bet the land slides are due to tree removal. Trees have been removed throughout the network to reduce leaves on the line but this has in turn weakened the banks making them more susseptable to land slips. JimmyRio
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