Work on the currently out of action Dover railway line may be getting a boost from a new task force being set up. Lead by Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke and with Network Rail onboard it hopes to speed up the work being done to rebuild part of the railway from Dover to Folkestone following storm damage.

The line has been closed since Christmas Eve after storms battered the sea wall and lead to sink holes appearing in the railway track. So far 9,000 tonnes of Rock Armour have been transported to the beach and another 9,000 tonnes are on the way. Rock Armour are the large boulders often seen piled up by sea fronts which help to absorb the energy of waves and thus help protect the sea wall.

Replacement bus services are available and StageCoach buses 100, 101 and 102 run a Dover - Folkestone service. Check bus times on this site for more information.

Alasdair Coates, Network Rail's route managing director has said "We realise that passengers in Dover, Deal, Folkestone and Sandwich are keen to know when we will be able to reopen the line, and I can reassure them we are working very hard to get them an answer."

Railway that runs close to the shore are often vulnerable to adverse weather conditions. In 2014 the Railway line in Dawlish that connected Cornwall and Devon to the rest of the UK was severely damaged. It took a two months, a 300 person team and £35m to restore to working order.


Photo by Phil Richards from London, UK (29.07.08 near Dover Class 375s) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons