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Flooding and landslips affect travel across the South East

  • 10 February 2014
  • From the section England
Landslip between Wadhurst and Battle in East Sussex.
Landslips have closed a section of the line between Hastings and London

Rail passengers are facing more disruption after a series of landslips across south-east England.

A line closure between Oxted and Woldingham in Surrey is affecting Southern train services between Oxted and both East Grinstead and Uckfield.

Southern Water has installed pumps on the A23 in Patcham, near Brighton, to divert water from the road surface.

Journeys between Tonbridge in Kent and Hastings in East Sussex are disrupted by two landslips on the line.

Southern said it was operating a bus replacement service between Three Bridges and East Grinstead and between Haywards Heath and Uckfield.

Months of delays

The London Charing Cross to Hastings line is closed between Wadhurst and Battle after a landslide at Stonegate.

Southeastern said it did not expect to run services on that part of the line between London and the East Sussex coast until 17 February.

Last week the rail operator announced the line between Robertsbridge and Battle would be closed for two weeks following landslides at Marley Farm and near Whatlington Viaduct.

A replacement bus service is now running between Wadhurst and Battle, with some buses also running to Hastings.

There is a train service between Tonbridge and Wadhurst and a rail shuttle runs between Battle and Hastings.

Trains on the line were first disrupted following landslides near Wadhurst on 17 and 22 December, with a revised timetable put in operation because of speed restrictions.

Several roads in Kent have been closed, including in the Yalding, Waterinbury and Staplehurst areas.

In Surrey, the many roads close the River Thames are affected by flooding.

The River Thames from the Swan Hotel at Staines-upon-Thames
The River Thames swamped the terrace of the Swan Hotel at Staines.

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