Tuesday 19 Nov 2019
Passengers and residents invited to public drop-ins to find out more about 9-day February closure of Bexleyheath line
- Region & Route:
- South East
Local residents and rail passengers are invited to four public drop-in events during November and December to hear about Network Rail’s major 9-day closure of the Bexleyheath line from Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 February 2020.
Network Rail will use the closure to work on a project to protect passengers on the line from disruption caused by landslips. The work follows four landslips in the last 10 years which caused significant disruption to passengers.
The drop-in sessions will be held along the Bexleyheath line on:
- Monday 25 November, 4pm to 8pm, St Martin’s Church, Erith Road, Barnehurst, Bexleyheath, DA7 6LE
- Tuesday 26 November, 4pm to 8pm, One Space Community Café, Kidbrooke Park Road, SE3 9YY
- Monday 2 December, 4pm to 8pm, St Mary's Community Centre, Eltham, SE9 1BJ
- Tuesday 10 December, 4pm to 8pm, Welling Library, Bellegrove Road, Welling, DA16 3PA
Members of the project team and representatives from Southeastern will be on hand to answer questions from local residents and passengers about the work and the impact on train services.
Dan Athol, programme director for Network Rail, said:
“After four landslips on the Bexlyeheath line in recent years, we need to provide a permanent long-term solution to prevent further disruption to passengers.
“We’ll aim to do that by building a concrete and steel wall along with reducing the steepness of the cutting over the 9-days in February and follow up weekends.
“We will need to work 24 hours a day over the closure to make sure the work finishes on time. Our activities will be noisy at times and trains will not run on the Bexleyheath line so I encourage people to attend one of the events to find out more, or visit our website.“
Buses will replace trains on the Bexleyheath line over the 9-days and passengers are advised to plan ahead. To keep people and trains on the move during the work, the Woolwich and Sidcup lines and the Charlton to Blackheath link will remain open.
Capacity on these lines will be increased by running extra or longer trains where possible, but passengers are advised to travel outside of peak times if possible and allow more time for their journeys.
More information is also available at www.networkrail.co.uk/bexleyheathline.
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