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Landslip prevention on Hastings line

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The 160-year-old Hastings line has undergone work to prevent landslips. More than one hundred engineers carried out the work as part of a seven-day closure, which took place over the October half term.

Major engineering projects took place at several points including both ends of Wadhurst Tunnel, Strawberry Hill, Churchsettle, Nevill Golf Club and Crowhurst. Embankments and cuttings were shored up using a variety of engineering approaches, from sheet piling to soil nails and rock anchors.

Work in the cutting near Nevill Golf Club.

Network Rail also put down new track and carried out a series of station improvements, including vegetation clearance, repainting platform markings and deep cleans.

Meanwhile, crews installed new platform tactiles at Etchingham to aid the visually impaired and a major refurbishment of the station footbridge continues through to mid-December.

As part of a drive to improve biodiversity along the line, diseased and non-native trees have been replaced at various locations to make the habitat more friendly to native species.

Fiona Taylor, Network Rail.

Fiona Taylor, Network Rail’s route director for Kent, said: “The line is one of the oldest in the country and we have been working hard to make it truly fit for the 21st century and resilient against the impacts of climate change.”

Gareth White, operations manager for civil engineering contractor BAM Nuttall, said: “The works undertaken to stabilise the cutting at Wadhurst, and the completion of other necessary works on the line, are all part of our plans to make sure that we are putting the safety and wellbeing of passengers first.

“We are proud to be working alongside Network Rail and to have the support of our subcontractors, who helped us deliver this impressive milestone. We would also like to thank the residents in the vicinity for their understanding and patience during this time.”

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