The Mill Stream railway viaduct in Kent at Ashurst station is set to receive £3.5m worth of refurbishment works, to bring the 134-year-old structure the face lift it needs. The planned works will keep trains and passengers travelling over it safely and reliably for the next 50 years.
Works are set to begin on Saturday 2nd July, set to take place over three concurrent weekends over the summer. Due to these planned works, passengers are being advised to plan ahead and check availability to ensure as few disruptions as possible,
The first phase of strengthening work will continue from June through to summer, and the second phase from October to November.
Katie Frost, Network Rail’s route director for Sussex (the part of the railway that manages the Uckfield line) said:
“Our railway has a host of Victorian structures that underpin the millions of journeys passengers take with us every year and we have to take good care of them. Mill Stream Viaduct is made of metal, and we need to give it a thorough refurbishment to keep it strong for the future, blasting the old paint off, repainting and repairing the metal sections, replacing the decking, the track and the timbers that support the track too. We’ll be able to do most of that work while trains are still running but there will be three weekends when we have to work on the track – starting this week.
“Thanks to everyone for their patience in advance while we do the work.”
Chris Fowler, Southern’s customer services director, said:
“This important investment will protect the safety and reliability of the route for our customers for decades to come. We thank all users of the Uckfield branch in advance for their patience during the three weekends when the line has to close.”
To support the delivery of the project no trains will run between Oxted and Uckfield on the following dates:
• Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July 2022
• Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July 2022
• Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August 2022
Buses will replace train services between Oxted and Crowborough, and between Crowborough and Uckfield, on these weekends.
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