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One hurt and travel chaos after fire near Ashford International station

By Ian Carter

Thousands of rail passengers were stranded after a fire near Ashford International station caused huge disruption to services.

One person has been injured in the blaze at an electrical substation and people living in the area have been warned to keep doors and windows closed.

Rail firm Southeastern said at 11.15pm that all lines had reopened but would be subject to delays. Ashford station will remain closed until further notice.

A spokesman for Southeastern said the fire was causing huge disruption to services and people should avoid travelling if possible.

A signal box has been evacuated, they added.

There were previously no trains between Tonbridge and Canterbury West, no trains in either direction on the Hastings line to Tonbridge and no high speed services between Canterbury, Dover Ashford and Ebbsfleet.

There were delays between London Victoria and Orpington, trains between London Victoria and Ashford can only run as far as Maidstone East with delays and cancellations on most other routes.

There were no Southern services between Ashford and Hastings or to Tonbridge via Redhill.

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