Buses to replace trains between Maidstone East and Ashford International as works continues


Bearsted cutting

A cutting reinforcement project at Bearsted will continue this weekend meaning that buses are replacing trains between Maidstone East and Ashford International.

The works are taking place in order to prevent landslips and at the same time improve drainage in the area.

In August closure will take place for one week from Saturday the 7th until Sunday the 15th.

In August, soil nailing will take place on the 150 years old cutting. In total Over 6000 will be installed to strengthen the cutting. Cabling work between Harrietsham and Charing will take place at the same time.

Credit: Network Rail

Scott Brightwell, Train Services Director at Southeastern, said: “It’s vitally important that Network Rail carry out this essential work along this part of our route. Reducing the risk of landslips will really help to improve reliability for our passengers. We are working on the alternative travel arrangements and we will publish more detailed information for our customers in the coming weeks.”

Fiona Taylor, Network Rail Route Director for Kent, said: “Line closures are always a last resort for us because of the disruption they cause passengers, but are sometimes unavoidable. Extreme weather, as a result of climate change, is having a significant impact on our Victorian railway embankments. The works at Bearsted will make the cutting secure for a long time. We’re scheduling them to cause minimum disruption, when fewer people are using services, so that passengers will benefit from the works as soon as possible.”

More information on the works can be found on the Network rail website

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