Network Rail will close the Bexleyheath line during February half term to carry out major work to prevent landslips.

Engineering work will be carried out on the line between Kidbrooke and Barnehurst from Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 February.

The work will take place after four landslips in the past decade, with the most recent being February last year.

The work aims to reduce the number of weekend closures on the railway.

As part of plans, £1.25 billion will be invested to improve passenger’s journeys on the Kent network.

Network rail website states: “We know there is never a good time to close the railway, so have chosen to do the work in the February half-term when passenger demand is typically lower.

“For those passengers travelling over the 9-days, we will work closely with Southeastern to keep people moving.”

The process will involve the removal of 2,500 tonnes of mud and trees to reduce the steepness of the cutting slopes.

Rail replacement bus services will take place.

The Woolwich and Sidcup lines and the Charlton to Blackheath link will remain open.

Network Rail and Southeastern will undertake a large-scale passenger awareness campaign to ensure people are fully aware.

The team at Falconwood station will be handing out leaflets today.

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