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Urgent repairs at Salfords will partially close railway

Two of the four railway lines in the Salfords area (near Gatwick) will be closed for three days, from Saturday 9 January until Monday 11 January, to secure the railway embankment to prevent a landslip. A reduced train service will operate and passengers are being asked to check before travelling.

Due to recent heavy rain, there has been significant movement on a section of the embankment. This has been picked up by Network Rail’s monitoring systems, and a speed restriction of 5mph has been imposed on this section of track.

The stabilisation works will involve delivering sheet piles to the area, using a crane to lift the sheet piles into place and to then drive the piles into the embankment to stabilise it. Repairs to the embankment will allow the temporary 5mph speed restriction to be removed and train services are expected to run as normal from Tuesday 12 January.

Shaun King, route director for Sussex, said: “We are sorry for any inconvenience this emergency closure may cause the community at Salfords. The safety of passengers is of the utmost importance, so we have taken the decision to close the lines whilst we undertake this vital repair work.”

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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