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Christmas landslip line reopens following repairs

Repair work at Ockley Image copyright Network Rail
Image caption The landslip was discovered on Christmas Day after the Christmas Eve storms

Full rail services between West Sussex, Surrey and London have resumed after work to a repair a line blocked by a landslip over Christmas was completed.

Network Rail said it had cleared about 1,000 tonnes of embankment, which collapsed from under the line between Dorking and Horsham on Christmas Day.

A limited service was introduced on the line near Ockley from 13 January, with full services starting on Thursday.

Rail replacement buses were provided while repairs took place.

Tim Robinson, Network Rail route managing director, said: "We have had teams on site since the line first collapsed on December 25 and a great deal of work had to be done just to get equipment to the location.

"We couldn't have achieved that without the help and support of local residents, and we appreciate their involvement."

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