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Maidstone: Heavy rain causing flooding in A20 and signalling problems at Paddock Wood train station

Heavy rain which has been battering the county throughout the morning is causing travel disruption.

A number of roads in Maidstone, including a section of the A20 heading out of town, have become flooded.

One motorists who travelled under the bridge near Mote Park, between Square Hill Road and New Cut Road, said the water was approximately 30cm deep already.

The A20 in Maidstone. Photo: Google Streetview
The A20 in Maidstone. Photo: Google Streetview

He added: "The section of road was just passable at 12pm, I was worried going through it about my engine cutting out but I just made it through okay.

"I am going to go a different way home as all the drains in the area seem to be failing and I don't know how bad it's going to be later on today."

The MET office has issued an amber rain warning for Kent, which will be in place until at least 9pm.

Passengers waiting for buses in Maidstone High Street complained of delays as services were stuck in congestion on nearby roads.

In Vale Road in Tonbridge the flooding lifted up a manhole cover.

There was also slow moving traffic on the A229 Loose Road due to surface water, Margaret Avenue at the junction with Sutton Road and Hart Street in the town centre.

A lane was blocked on the A20 in Aylesford by the junction with Mills Road due to flooding.

And in Bearsted Spot Lane and Church Lane were partially blocked.

Trains are being disrupted between Tonbridge and Ashford International due to a signalling problem at Marden.

Services which normally run between London Charing Cross and the Kent Coast via Tonbridge are being diverted via Maidstone East.

Flooding hits Maidstone
Flooding hits Maidstone

Network Rail are on site investigating the cause of the signalling problem which could be the result of flooding or a lightning strike.

Replacement buses have been sourced to ferry passengers between Ashford and Tonbridge and tickets are being accepted on London Underground routes.

Services on the Medway Valley line between Tonbridge and Strood via Maidstone West are unaffected.

Motorists in New Road, East Malling have also been affected by flooding. A local councillor tweeted this image of the floodwater from his car...

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