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Rail services between Gravesend and Rochester disrupted after freight train derailed


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Rail services have been disrupted this morning after a freight train was derailed.

The derailment, which happened at a depot between Gravesend and Strood, meant lines were blocked and as a result passenger services had to be cancelled or delayed.

Network Rail teams assessed the situation and are looking to bring in a rescue locomotive to move the derailed train, but disruption is expected to last until midday.

At about 9.30am train operator Southeastern confirmed the train had been re-railed with lines in both directions now reopened with normal services resuming at about 11.30am.

One of the train’s wheels came off the rails, leading to several wagons blocking southbound lines near Higham.

Trains from Dartford towards Gravesend were delayed or cancelled as a result, and no trains from Gravesend towards Rochester were able to run while the rescue operation took place.

Services heading to the coast have been cancelled. Picture taken at Chatham station
Services heading to the coast have been cancelled. Picture taken at Chatham station

A rail replacement bus service was brought into operation between Gravesend and Rochester in both directions, and passengers are still advised to allow extra time for their journeys this morning.

Those affected by the incident can use their ticket at no extra cost on Thameslink services between Dartford and Gravesend and on Arriva bus services between Ebbsfleet International and Gravesend.

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