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Trains delayed by ice - again!

A Southeastern class 375 train near Canterbury
A Southeastern class 375 train near Canterbury

It has been a day of fresh misery on Kent's railways, with all trains cancelled between several towns in the county after an icy evening.

Trains from Ashford to Folkestone and Dover were cancelled in the morning after another overnight freeze, while buses have been serving Sheppey.

Services from Ashford International to London were reduced to a limited number of trains to St Pancras and many other trains were delayed.

A spokesman for Southeastern said: "Ice is still affecting the conductor rails on the tracks and it is better to cancel services rather than leave people stranded between stations."

Southeastern provided a shuttle service from Ashford to Maidstone but the Ashford to Canterbury East trains were running as normal.

As of 4.30pm:

  • Train services between Strood and Tonbridge are terminating, and starting, at Paddock Wood.
  • Buses replace trains between Sheerness and Sittingbourne
  • A signalling problem means trains are being diverted via Otford and will not serve stations between Sevenoaks and Orpington. Southeastern tickets will be valid on London Transport buses

Passengers should log on to Southeastern's website for for updated information.

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