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Kent weather: Southeastern, ferries and traffic problems caused by high winds

By Luke May

Train passengers can expect disruption throughout today after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for wind.

Southeastern has made changes to routes "because of the potential risks to trains of falling trees," while speed restrictions have been put in place by Network Rail.

Restrictions started at 4am this morning and are expected to last until 6pm.

A Southeastern train. Stock picture (14232014)
A Southeastern train. Stock picture (14232014)

The Met Office's weather warning has already cancelled events going on around the county.

Southeastern issued the following guidance on the disruption passengers face today:

High Speed via Gravesend: London St Pancras International to Ramsgate via Faversham services will run non stop between Faversham and Margate, and between Margate and Ramsgate in both directions. Intermediate stations will be served by trains between London Victoria and Ramsgate.

Paddock Wood Line: London Charing Cross to Ramsgate / Dover Priory services will not run between London Charing Cross and Tonbridge. Passengers will need to change at Tonbridge and use alternative services between London Charing Cross and Tonbridge.

Sole Street line via Chatham: London Victoria to Ramsgate / Dover Priory services will run non stop between Bromley South and Rochester in both directions. London bound services between Canterbury East and London Victoria will not stop at Denmark Hill.

Medway Valley Line: Trains will not run between Paddock Wood and Tonbridge. Passengers should use alternative services between Paddock Wood and Tonbridge.

Normal services were resumed at around 6pm but some alternative services were still running through Faversham into the evening.

In Sittingbourne a fallen tree has blocked London-bound services at Newington.

In Dover, high winds are causing up to two hour delays which has meant delays for those driving on the A20 eastbound between the junctions with the A256 and the A2.

KCC Highways have announced that Harvey Road, in Brookland near New Romney has been closed between Salter Lane and A259 due to a fallen branch. This is likely to remain closed until tomorrow, and a signed Diversion is in place.

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