Tun­nel project nears com­ple­tion

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Net­work Rail says it is near­ing com­ple­tion of a two-year project to over­haul the two-mile Sevenoaks Tun­nel.

The project has in­volved lay­ing new track and a new drainage sys­tem. It has cost £21 mil­lion, and has im­proved jour­ney times by 20% for pas­sen­gers be­cause 50mph speed re­stric­tions are no longer in place.

NR said the work will im­prove re­li­a­bil­ity for South­east­ern ser­vices, as well as Thames­link ser­vices that have suf­fered knock-on de­lays through di­ver­sion of SE ser­vices.

“We’re pleased to have de­liv­ered this project to up­grade one of the coun­try’s old­est and long­est rail tun­nels, us­ing the in­vest­ment pro­vided by Gov­ern­ment through the Thames­link Re­silience Pro­gramme,” said NR South East Route Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor John Hal­sall.

“De­lays due to flood­ing had be­come a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence through Sevenoaks Tun­nel, but we’ve been able to re­duce de­lays by a fifth - giv­ing pas­sen­gers well-earned re­lief to their jour­neys.”

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