Temporary Extra Capacity on MarshLink

Landslip at Wadhurst provides 4-car unit service on MarshLink


There was a landslip  on the line at Wadhurst, 13 March which resulted in the line between Robertsbridge and Tunbridge Wells being closed until today, Monday 18 March.

SouthEastern laid on replacement buses and, of relevance to Rye train users, permitted travel along the MarshLink to Ashford and onwards to London Charing Cross/ Victoria at no extra cost. Meanwhile, some 4-car units operated on the MarshLink to absorb additional passenger numbers during the line closure. Some regular Marshlink passenger were delighted to see this additional capacity which was made possible by “borrowing” units from the Uckfield line (Users of that route were not so happy). As I write things are now back to normal and the diesel units have returned to Uckfield. MLAG remains very concerned at the lack of capacity on our line especially at peak times such as Friday early evening. It seems there is no prospect of electrification so the only solution would involve obtaining more diesel rolling stock. There are suggestions of battery operated trains but I remain doubtful anything like that will occur on our line.

More Worrying News Concerning HS1.



A Labour Party leaflet today (left) suggests that the trackworks at Ashford which are a first step on the road to enabling High Speed trains to run to Rye and Hastings are stalled.  And that the whole project is now off the Agenda.

MLAG will be seeking more information from railway sources.