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Bonkers Blog September 2019

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18 September (Part 4) - No trains again. Nine days of replacement buses but all in a good cause

Barnehurst StationWhile trying to work out if Engineering Works was set to ruin my train journey to Royston next Sunday more rail related news came in in the form of a Press Release from Network Rail.

If you cast your mind back to last March you may recall a very interesting (to me) report on how Network Rail was trying to combat the poor ground conditions around Barnehurst station and the less than wonderful Victorian engineering practices that had led to four landslips in just a handful of years.

The costs involved in fixing the whole stretch of line were prohibitive but Network Rail promised to tackle the most vulnerable stretch within the next five years. They have done rather better than that and will spend £6·6 million on the line next February.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that Southeastern will be unable to provide a train service between Kidbrook and Barnehurst next February 15th to 23rd but things can’t carry on as they are, the job has to be done.

A whole load of detail is available on the Network Rail website.

Councillor Stefano Borella (Labour, Slade Green and North End) thought that affected passengers would prefer an express bus to Abbey Wood instead of towards London. I think I can see practical problems with that but Stef knows far more than I do about trains. If you think it would be a good idea maybe you should tell your Councillor.


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