Published: 10:40, 20 August 2014 |
Updated: 13:27, 20 August 2014
Trains passengers across Kent have suffered hours of disruption today after a fire next to the railway line at Margate this morning.
Southeastern said the blaze damaged two overhead cables, which needed to be replaced by Network Rail engineers.
Services began running again at about 10.30am - after big delays between Cannon Street and Broadstairs, Victoria and Ramsgate, St Pancras International and Broadstairs, and between Cannon Street and Ramsgate.
Services had been cancelled or delayed by up to 30 minutes, with a replacement bus and shuttle train service in operation.
And even when late trains did arrive, commuters struggled to fit onto overcrowded carriages.
Southeastern said the repairs will finished by 10.30am, with disruption expected until about 2pm.
Meantime, passengers were advised to travel to Ramsgate and get trains to Charing Cross or Cannon Street.
Buses were running between Ramsgate and Faversham via Margate, with tickets also accepted on London Underground trains.
Earlier, a Southeastern spokesman said: "Passengers for London are advised to travel to Ramsgate, and join services to Charing Cross or Cannon Street.
"London Underground will accept ticket holders between London terminals. Passengers may also use high-speed services to get to London.
"A bus service is in operation between Ramsgate, Margate and Faversham.
"A shuttle train service is in operation between Faversham and Herne Bay."
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.