The rail line near East Grinstead has reopened after a landslide

A railway line has reopened after being closed for a week due to a 10-metre landslide.

Train service was suspended on the line for a week while Network Rail teams reinforced the bank with steel beams.

The landslide occurred in Lingfield between East Grinstead and Hurst Green in Surrey on Tuesday last week after a period of heavy rain.

Engineers placed 44 girders that stabilize and support the dam before filling it with 50,000 tons of ballast.

Network Rail Route Director for Sussex, Lucy McAuliffe, said: “I am delighted to say that we are able to reopen the railway slightly earlier than expected ahead of our midweek target.

“Our teams and contractors have been working really hard to fix the landslide as quickly as possible and I want to sincerely thank them for their quick response and collaborative efforts.

“I would like to thank our neighbors who live next to the railway for their patience while we carried out this important work and the passengers who faced further disruption last week.

The Argus: bringing in the steel girdersInsertion of the steel girders (Image: network rail)

“We are more than confident that the railway will reopen from tomorrow morning, but in the meantime please continue to check ahead of your journey to be on the safe side.”

The route was closed for about an hour today due to a signal disruption. The rail line near East Grinstead has reopened after a landslide

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