Rebuilding work ahead of schedule
Network Rail says the rebuilding of the railway between Folkestone and Dover following damage to the sea wall will be completed this autumn.
The railway was closed on Christmas Eve after cracks were observed in the sea wall. NR had previously stated that it expected to reopen the railway in December, but says that work is running ahead of schedule.
The £39.8 million rebuilding project (a reduction in cost compared to the £44.5 million previously stated) involves the construction of a new 235-metre-long viaduct, supported by 134 concrete columns. NR has been working with contractor Costain on the rebuilding, and says the new viaduct will be designed to last 120 years.
Network Rail’s area director, Paul Rutter said: ‘We had set aside time for interruptions to the project through bad weather and other issues which can occur on major projects, but so far that contingency has not proved necessary. As a result we are much further ahead than we had expected and have seen the overall cost of the project decrease. As soon as we have a firm date for reopening the railway line, we will let passengers know.’