The Anonymous Widower

Major Overhaul Of One Of Country’s Longest Tunnels Sees Delays Fall By A Fifth

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Rail Technology Magazine.

This is the first two paragraphs.

A major refurbishment of Sevenoaks tunnel has seen a 20% reduction in delays and halved journey times for passengers, even as the £21m infrastructure renewal nears completion.

One of the longest tunnels in southern England, Sevenoaks has been given a major overhaul which has included replacing thousands of sleepers, laying several miles of news track, and installing new drainage systems.

Sevenoaks tunnel is a single-bore tunnel, double-track tunnel about two miles long.

Obviously, this refurbishment has been worthwhile.

I do wonder how many other schemes, that are stuck in Network Rail’s pipeline would show similar improvements in the quality of the service?


November 24, 2018 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. So next time I travel through the Sevenoaks tunnel, I will arrive at my destination 64 seconds earlier? Wow!

    Comment by JohnC | November 24, 2018 | Reply

  2. That’s if the train is on time.

    But I suspect, it will be more likely to be on time, as there is now less infrastructure on the cusp of failing.

    Comment by AnonW | November 24, 2018 | Reply

  3. You say they have laid “several lines of news track” – this isn’t something aimed at us having hear about Brexit on the railway tracks is it? 😉

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | November 24, 2018 | Reply

    • It should be new not news, but I cut and pasted the mistake.

      There are lots of sections of dodgy track in the UK.

      Near you, there’s the line across Chat Moss, which drivers say in a train with soft suspension is like a roller coaster.

      Stephenson had terrible trouble building it and it needs to be rebuilt to allow faster trains between Liverpool and Manchester.

      Comment by AnonW | November 24, 2018 | Reply

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