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Bexleyheath Railway Line: Landslips

Department for Transport written question – answered on 18th February 2019.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what explanation he has received from Network Rail for the recent landslip on the Bexleyheath railway line; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) works are completed quickly and (b) disruption to passengers is minimised.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Network Rail have advised the Department about the extent and causes of the landslip on the Bexley Heath railway line which took place on Monday 11 February. Network Rail have reinstated services along this line and are also carrying out geotechnical surveys to understand why the landslip occurred. To help prevent further landslips in this area, Network Rail have installed remote sensors and cameras which send regular information (including pictures and videos) about the condition of the cutting. Network Rail plan to carry out more intensive remediation work at this site in Control Period 6 (from 2019/20).

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