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Planned engineering work

To maintain and improve the UK's rail infrastructure, Network Rail has to carry out regular planned engineering work. The work is normally done at weekends, on bank holidays and after 10pm during the week, but it may also affect our services at other times. Please be aware, where replacement buses are in operation, journeys may take longer than normal.

Always check if unplanned engineering work will affect your journey

In some cases, timetables will not be confirmed until less than the usual 12-weeks before travel. Wherever possible, we’ve highlighted those journeys yet to be confirmed in our journey planner. You can still book tickets in advance, please note there are only a limited number of tickets allocated per journey, and our Advance fares are available up until 6pm on the day before you travel. If you buy an Advance ticket for a train that is subsequently changed or cancelled, we will refund you. Check before you travel by using our journey planner or download our Southeastern app for the most up-to-date information.

Tunbridge Wells to Hastings line closure

From Saturday 23rd to Friday 29th October 2021 (inclusive) the line will be closed.

Buses will replace trains between Tunbridge Wells and Battle and between Battle and Hastings during the seven day closure while the railway cutting at Wadhurst is reinforced to help prevent future landslips taking place.

You can find out more information on our Tunbridge Wells to Hastings line closure page.

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Engineering work for 29th October 2021

23 October - 29 October 2021 11:59 PM

Routes affected:
Between London Charing Cross / Tonbridge and Hastings

Major engineering work is taking place closing the line between Tunbridge Wells and Hastings, from Saturday 23 to Friday 29 October, with buses replacing trains each day.

Trains that usually run between London Charing Cross and Hastings will only run between London Charing Cross and Tunbridge Wells.

Replacement bus advice:

Buses will replace trains between Tunbridge Wells and Hastings via Battle.

Alternative route advice:

You will be able to use your ticket, at no extra cost on the following routes:

  • Highspeed services between Ashford International and London St Pancras International.
  • Southern services between Hastings and London Victoria via Bexhill, Hastings and Ashford International and also between Uckfield and London Bridge.

Trains between Hastings and Ashford International and also between Uckfield and London Bridge are not frequent so are expected to be very busy throughout the duration of these works.

If you need any additional help during your journey, additional staff will be on hand at stations affected by the closure.


  • Hastings Line passengers with current car park season tickets can use the Priory Road car park at Tonbridge Station at no extra cost during the work.
  • Southeastern car park season ticket holders can park at Crowborough and Eridge stations at no extra cost


Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.