Horsham to Dorking railway reopens a day early

The Horsham to Dorking railway line has opened a day early after urgent repairs were carried out.

Monday, 20th January 2020, 10:18 am

The line, which was closed on Thursday, January 16, due to a landslip earlier in the week, was expected to reopen on Tuesday, January 21.

But today, January 20, Network Rail confirmed that the line had reopened ahead of schedule.

A spokesman said on Twitter: “After working round the clock⏰ we’ve opened the Horsham to Dorking line this morning in both directions, a day early.

Work being carried out to create the steel wall to shore up the landslip. Photo by Network Rail

“Thanks to @SouthernRailUK passengers and our neighbours for their patience while we fixed the landslip.”

The landslip, in the Ockley area, was due to a ‘water-driven rotational failure’, he added.

The spokesman said: “Once saturated, the Weald clay will continue to slip much like the way a sandcastle collapses when the tide approaches.”

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