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Surrey landslip rail line reopened ahead of schedule

Network Rail has said that the rail route between Farnham and Alton has reopened ahead of schedule following repairs to an embankment landslip.

The repairs at the Wrecclesham site were originally not expected to be completed until next week but engineers have focused on stabilising one side of the structure to enable services to be restored from this morning.

The line had been closely monitored since early April but was closed on 13 April after increased ground movement was noted. Emergency work has included installation of sheet steel piles to 8m below ground level over a 250m stretch of the embankment.

Network Rail route managing director John Halsall said: “This is fantastic news for passengers and I’m delighted that we can re-open the line early for them. Our engineers faced an enormous task to bring the railway safely back into use as quickly as possible and they really have delivered by stabilising one side of the embankment and shifting the track onto that side.

“Now that we’ve overcome the first hurdle, our attention will turn to providing a permanent solution and re-building the whole embankment from the bottom up.

“In the meantime I’d like to thank passengers for their patience and our lineside neighbours for their understanding during these vital works.”

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