Railway info: Tunbridge Wells to Hastings Engineering Works

Passengers urged to plan ahead for seven-day line closure at end of October

From Saturday 23rd to Friday 29th October 2021 inclusive, buses will replace trains between Tunbridge Wells and Hastings while Network Rail engineers strengthen the railway cutting at Wadhurst tunnel, to prevent landslips.

Work will help prevent delays in the future

This project, part of the £1.25bn South East Upgrade, will help to prevent disruption and delays to services along the line.

We are asking passengers to plan ahead if they use this route and we will be contacting them again later this month with more details about the rail replacement bus services and alternative travel advice. They can also check our website.     

Closure timed to coincide with Autumn half-term

The timing of the closure has been carefully planned with our partners at Network Rail to coincide with the October school half-term when less people use our trains and there may be more flexibility with travel plans.

The steep railway cutting at Wadhurst was dug more than 170 years ago and has suffered from a number of landslips in recent years, causing significant disruption. The stabilisation work, with a lifespan of 60 years, will help us to deliver a more reliable service between Hastings and London via Tunbridge Wells.

Find out more

Southeastern service information during planned engineering work

Network Rail’s south-east upgrade plan