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Dorking-Horsham railway reopened after landslip

The line between Horsham and Dorking has been reopened after Network Rail engineers and contractors repaired a 30-metre landslip, not far from Ockley station.

In this area, the railway runs on an embankment, built from local Wealden clay in the Victorian period. A section of this embankment, just under a mile north of Ockley station, became saturated during December’s heavy rains and slowly sunk under its own weight over the days between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

Engineers have added 500 tonnes of new material to rebuild the railway where the embankment collapsed, supported by a new wall of sheet steel, embedded in the ground. Work was finished in time for the railway to reopen on Monday, 4 January.

Shaun King, Network Rail’s route director for Sussex, said: “Following a landslip on the Mole Valley line near Ockley station at Christmas, engineers worked around the clock to stabilise the embankment, regrade the cutting slope and install 30 metres of sheet pile wall.

“The railway was successfully handed back on Monday, 4 January, and services are running between Horsham and Dorking again. Well done to all involved for doing a magnificent job in very difficult circumstances.

“I’d like to apologise to passengers for the disruption while we fixed things and also thank neighbours in the area for their patience while these emergency works were carried out.”

Network Rail Southern region’s route asset manager for geotechnics, Derek Butcher, said: “The embankment was repaired by working 24 hours a day and we thank our contractors and employees who have worked around the clock to reopen the railway line. Not only did we repair the location of the landslip with 30 metres of sheet piled wall, we also managed to repair an additional 15 metre section with a king post wall. This will help improve weather resilience to the embankment for many years to come”

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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