Uckfield Line passengers will benefit from major works being undertaken this summer by Network Rail.
A major renewal and refurbishment of the Oxted viaduct is under way, as reported last week by this website.
The long-awaited footbridge replacement at Eridge has also been scheduled.
Oxted viaduct was constructed in 1881 and the bridge carries two railway lines over the A25 road and the River Eden on the line running from South Croydon to Uckfield.
Over the next few months, engineers will be blast cleaning and repainting the viaduct and carrying out extensive repairs to the steelwork.
At Eridge, just north of Crowborough,the existing staircases and bridge will be replaced with a new modern-designed footbridge.
The platform canopies at the station will also be refurbished, improving the overall passenger experience for passengers commuting to London or visiting the Spa Valley Railway.
Paul Harwood, regional investment director for Network Rail, said:
“The Oxted Viaduct is more than 100 years old and like any structure of that age, needs maintenance and servicing.
“Overhauling the viaduct is essential to ensuring we maintain a good level of service for passengers who use this route while the new improved footbridge in Eridge will serve the local community for many years to come.”
Chris Fowler, Customer Services Director for train operator Southern, said:
“On behalf of our customers, we welcome this major investment to maintain safe travel and a local landmark long into the future. While we are currently asking people to consider whether they really need to use the train, we thank those who do have to travel for their patience during this vital work.”
Network Rail said that ensure “the safe and efficient running” of the line at Oxted Viaduct, the lines will be closed on the following dates.
Train services will not run, with buses linking to Purley station:
- Saturday, June 27 – Sunday, June 28 (between South Croydon and East Grinstead/Uckfield)
- Saturday, July 4 – Sunday, July 5 (between South Croydon and East Grinstead/Uckfield)
- Sunday July 12 (between South Croydon and East Grinstead/Uckfield).
The project at Eridge station will take place from now until the end of September while work at Oxted Viaduct is likely to run until at least February next year.