Hastings line reopens after nine week upgrade

Ashford, Hastings, rail
Buses replaced trains on the line Photo: ITV News

The line between Ashford and Hastings has finally reopened after a nine-week upgrade.

Most of the work focused on strengthening the Ore tunnel as well as improving the drainage and repairing lining inside to prevent water seeping through.

Fiona Taylor, Network Rail’s route managing director for Kent, said: “We thank people for their patience over the last nine weeks. We have carried out a lot of improvements during this time which we hope will deliver a better train service for passengers in the long term."

Ore, Hastings, rail
Much of the work was concentrated on the Ore Tunnel Credit: ITV News

To take full advantage of the track closure, Network Rail engineers also scheduled a wide range of other works to take place at the same time to reduce further disruption in the future

These included:

  • Renewing the track through the tunnel and around the Ore area, Rye and Winchelsea and around one mile of track between Ashford and Ham Street
  • Refurbishment of three sets of points
  • Replacement of rail-over-road bridges at Doleham and Three Oaks
  • Surveys and maintenance of an embankment between Ashford and Ham Street
  • Maintenance of 18 bridges and culverts between Ashford and Hastings
  • Track improvements to enable the line speed to be increased in the future between Rye and Hastings