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Buses replace trains between Redhill and Tonbridge until at least Sunday 14 April 

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Incident reported: 29 Mar 2024 at 15:53

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Last updated

13 Apr 2024 at 01:18

Train operators affected

Route(s) affected

Between Redhill and Tonbridge

Description

Urgent repairs to a landslip between Edenbridge and Tonbridge are taking place, meaning all lines are closed between Redhill and Tonbridge.

Buses will replace trains between Redhill and Tonbridge. Train services between these stations will be cancelled.

Disruption is expected until at least Sunday 14 April.

Customer advice:

A landslip has damaged the track between Redhill and Tonbridge. No trains will run between these stations until at least Monday 15 April, and there may be disruption beyond this point.

No trains will run between these stations until at least this time. Replacement bus services are running along the whole route, as below.

Southern are aware that schools will be returning from Monday 15 April. In the event that it is not possible to run train services, rail replacement bus services will run to coincide with school times, but journey times will be extended. An update with the plan for week commencing Monday 15 April is expected on Saturday 13 April.

Bus routes:

A bus service will run across the whole route between Redhill and Tonbridge, operating approximately every hour, as follows:

  • Redhill - Stopping outside the main station entrance on Princess Way here.

  • Nutfield - Stopping on the A25 at the Nutfield Memorial Hall (please note this is just over 1 mile north of the station) here.

  • Godstone - Stopping on Eastbourne Road, near The Lagham pub (near the Platform 2 side of the station) here.

  • Edenbridge Town, for Uckfield Line train connections - Stopping outside the station ticket office here.

  • Edenbridge - Stopping on the station forecourt on Albion Way, at the north side of the station here.

  • Penshurst - Stopping outside the station, near The Little Brown Jug pub here.

  • Leigh - Stopping outside the Fleur de Lis pub on the High Street here

  • Tonbridge - Stopping outside the front of the station here.

If you're travelling to / from Nutfield, a separate minibus service will also run between Nutfield Station and Redhill, in both directions. At Nutfield Station, the buses will stop on North Station Approach here. This is because the buses on the route through to Tonbridge are too large to serve Nutfield Station itself.

If you're travelling from Tonbridge, Leigh, Penshurst, Edenbridge or Godstone, and you need Nutfield Station, please either travel to Nutfield (Memorial Hall) on the full-size buses, or travel to Redhill and change there for the minibus service back to Nutfield Station.

If you're travelling from Nutfield Station towards Godstone, Edenbridge, Penshurst, Leigh or Tonbridge, please either use the bus stops at Nutfield (Memorial Hall), or use the minibus service from the station to Redhill, changing there for the full-size buses towards Tonbridge.

Usual bus journey times:

Because buses will take much longer than trains, journey times will be extended. Journey planners will be updated before the start of service on each day.

The following times are a guide:

  • Redhill - Nutfield Memorial Hall - 4 minutes

  • Redhill - Nutfield Station - 10 minutes

  • Nutfield - Godstone - 14 minutes

  • Godstone - Edenbridge Town - 18 minutes (buses may need to be diverted around roadworks, which means this part of the route could take slightly longer than this)

  • Edenbridge Town - Edenbridge - 5 minutes

  • Edenbridge - Penshurst - 17 minutes

  • Penshurst - Leigh - 5 minutes

  • Leigh - Tonbridge - 15 minutes

This means the overall journey time between Redhill and Tonbridge is around 1 hour 17 minutes. The usual train journey time between Redhill and Tonbridge is around 30-32 minutes.

The bus route involves a mixture of very rural roads as well as busy towns, so it can be hard to predict exactly how road traffic will affect your journey.

Alternative travel options:

Your rail ticket for the Redhill to Tonbridge line will be accepted on the following alternative routes at no additional cost:

  • If you are travelling between Edenbridge, Penshurst or Leigh and stations in the London area, you may wish to use Southeastern services between Tonbridge, Hildenborough (near Leigh), London Bridge and London Charing Cross. From London Bridge or London Charing Cross, you can use London Underground services to other London terminals (such as London Victoria) at no additional cost.

  • If you are travelling between Redhill and Tonbridge, you can travel via London Bridge, using Thameslink services between Redhill and London Bridge, and Southeastern services between London Bridge and Tonbridge. The same applies in the opposite direction.

  • If you are travelling between Leigh, Penshurst or Edenbridge and either East Croydon or the London area, alternative Southern trains on the Uckfield Line serve Edenbridge Town, which is about a 20 minute walk from Edenbridge station. A walking route can be found here. However, the bus service between Redhill and Tonbridge will serve both Edenbridge and Edenbridge Town stations.

You may also use your ticket to travel from stations between East Grinstead and Oxted, and from stations between Caterham and Purley.

Planning your journey:

The live departure boards can be found here.

You can view a live map of the network here, which also shows where the railway is closed by this incident.

You can also see the alternative route guide here.

If you're travelling via the London area, you can plan journeys on alternative routes by using the TfL Journey Planner here.

Can you tell me more about the incident?

On Friday 29 March, there was a report of an issue with the track between Edenbridge and Penshurst. Network Rail engineers then identified a landslip in the Bough Beech area, between these stations. This has caused significant damage to the embankment that carries the railway. This will need major works to correct, known as sheet piling. This involves long sheets of metal being driven into the base of the embankment to prevent the ground from moving further.

This is a complex task due to the geography of the area and the fact that wet weather has continued. Until sufficient work can be carried out, trains will not be able to run through the area. This is a necessary safety precaution.

The repair work is currently expected to last until at least Monday 15 April, and as this continues, more information will become available.

You can also see a photo of the damaged section of track and more news from Network Rail here.

Check before you travel:

You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility information, please use this page.

You can find the location of your replacement bus by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

Compensation:

You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.