Landslip Between Horsham and Dorking

I have received the following from Southern regarding the landslip between Horsham and Dorking which I wanted to pass on to constituents:


Dear Jeremy

We are getting in touch to provide you with the latest update on the landslip between Dorking and Horsham that means the railway line is closed between those two stations until this Sunday.

 Rail replacement and alternative services

The railway is closed between Dorking and Horsham. The hourly Southern service to London Victoria which would normally originate in Horsham and pass through the area impacted by the landslip is turning at Dorking to ensure that there is no impact on the frequency of train services north of Dorking.

To support customers to travel between Horsham and Dorking, an hourly bus replacement service is operating, calling at Warnham, Ockley and Holmwood. However, due to the size of some of the buses that are available and restrictions on local roads, some services will be unable to call at Ockley and customers are being encouraged to contact us via the station help points to organise alternative travel.

In addition to the replacement service, the following measures are in place to support customers:

  1. Ticket acceptance on GTR services from Horsham via Redhill to provide an alternative route to/from London and via GWR connections at Redhill, an alternative route to Dorking
  2. Ticket acceptance on South Western Railway services between Dorking and London Waterloo
  3. Ticket acceptance on the Metrobus Route 93 service between Horsham and Dorking

Customers are being encouraged to claim Delay Repay and additional information is available on the front page of the Southern Railway website: 

Landslips and how we’re fixing it

A landslip occurred on Monday between Dorking and Horsham which means that we’ve had to close the railway between these two stations until Sunday. Southern plan to operate services again from next Monday, 24th February. There are two separate, 20 metre-long landslips just outside the Betchworth Tunnel between Dorking and Horsham. Unfortunately we can’t just move the material away and re-open the line, we have to support the “toe” of the slip to stop it moving again.