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Southeastern and Network Rail work on Christmas Eve to deliver food to drivers stuck in Operation Brock on M20


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Two train companies worked late into the night on Christmas Eve to deliver food to stranded lorry drivers.

Southeastern and Network Rail helped hand out donations from station shops, incuding Pret a Manger, Starbucks and M&S

Train staff delivered food to Ashford International Railway Station. Picture: Southeastern
Train staff delivered food to Ashford International Railway Station. Picture: Southeastern

The goodwill gesture came as drivers in Kent face delays on the M20 due to being stuck in Operation Brock.

Food is being offloaded at Ashford International Railway Station and distributed by the Salvation Army.

Seven trains with crates of food left London station's in the past 24 hours to help feed as many of the estimated 2,000 drivers stuck in Kent.

Southeastern Railway managing director David Statham said: "We saw that lorry drivers in Kent were in a difficult place and we wanted to play our part in helping other transport professionals.

"I'm proud of how quickly our colleagues have reacted to this situation and are helping people in difficult circumstances."

The train companies delivered to lorry drivers on the M20. Picture: Southeastern
The train companies delivered to lorry drivers on the M20. Picture: Southeastern

Macknade Kent Foodhall, in Faversham, have also donated parcels of food to the enterprise.

Yesterday villagers displayed heart warming scenes as they lowered food packagers to drivers on the M20.

Husband-and-wife team Jan and David James have gone one step further by walking along the carriageway to dish out the donations by hand.

The pair climbed over a barrier close to Junction 10a and walked down a set of steps on the embankment to reach the road.

They are part of a group of residents - which also includes Jackie and Peter Bates - who have been collecting the goods for the HGV drivers this week.esidents from Mersham near Ashford are using a rope and bags for life to deliver goods including beans, fruit and sweets to stranded lorry drivers.

Train staff from Southeastern delivered food to lorry drivers on Christmas Eve. Picture: Southeastern
Train staff from Southeastern delivered food to lorry drivers on Christmas Eve. Picture: Southeastern

Former teacher Jan James said: "We went round knocking on doors in Mersham asking if people had any spare food and they have been brilliant.

"They gave us lots of food in bags and we then took it to the bridges.

"We have had tins of beans, orange juice, fruit, biscuits, crisps and corn beef - anything the lorry drivers could eat with their fingers but I think most of them have cutlery anyway."

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