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Bank holiday work on Oxted viaduct will close East Grinstead and Uckfield lines.

This August Bank Holiday, thousands of Network Rail staff will work around the clock to deliver a multi-million-pound programme of work in Sussex and south London.

From Saturday 29 August to Monday 31 August, repair and renewal work is taking place on the Oxted Viaduct between South Croydon and East Grinstead, closing the East Grinstead and Uckfield lines.

John Halsall, route managing director at Network Rail Southern region, said: “While most of the network is open for business as usual, some routes are heavily affected and so we strongly advise passengers to plan ahead.”

Chris Fowler, customer services director for Southern and Gatwick Express, added: “We thank customers whose journeys are affected by these vital infrastructure improvements for their patience over the bank holiday weekend.

“We’ll be continuing to help and encourage everyone to travel safely. As well as wearing a face covering, maintaining social distancing and keeping hands clean, that means checking your route in advance to avoid the busiest times, buying tickets in advance if possible, and allowing more time for your journey.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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