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Travel delays after fallen tree blocks the railway line at Canterbury as heavy wind and rain lashes the district

12 February 2014
by Lowri Stafford

Extreme weather is causing travel problems in Canterbury, as rail services are thrown into chaos by a fallen tree.

The line is currently blocked between Sturry and Minster, meaning trains cannot run from Canterbury West to Ashford and Canterbury East to Faversham.

The rail line is blocked between Sturry and Minster

The rail line is blocked between Sturry and Minster

The tree fell at about 2pm, when wind speeds significantly picked up and rain began to lash the county.

Network Rail has also imposed a 50mph speed restriction on all mainline routes, which is having a knock-on effect.

Southeastern spokesman Mike Gibson says: "We've had a number of fallen trees across the county.

"The weather conditions are extremely bad at the moment. We're advising people to check before they travel."

Heavy showers and severe gales are forecast for the rest of the day, but will ease later this evening.

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