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Landslip closes Tonbridge to Tunbridge Wells rail link

Train passengers were facing disruptions in Kent today after a landslide blocked one line and engineering works closed several others.

Replacement buses have been running between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells while engineers try to repair damage on the tracks following a landslide caused by heavy rain on Friday.

The temporary fix completed by Network Rail engineers between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. Picture: Network Rail
The temporary fix completed by Network Rail engineers between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. Picture: Network Rail

This evening, Network Rail tweeted to say it had completed a 'temporary fix'.

"It means the railway will be ready for action tomorrow," the tweet added. "We’re sorry for the disruption but it had to be done for your safety."

A fallen tree on the railway line at Martin Hill at 8.30am delayed the 9.01 service from Dover to Ramsgate by 16 minutes.

Services in Gravesend had to be cancelled at 10.30am when trespassers were reported on the line and the power to the tracks had to be temporarily turned off.

Replacement buses arealso running between Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International to replace the high-speed service and between Ashford International and Canterbury West because of engineering works.

No trains were running from Cannon Street. Customers were diverted to Charing Cross instead.

There was a "revised service" on Southeastern between London Victoria and Ramsgate and between London Victoria and Dover Priory, also because of engineering works.

Engineering works affecting Kent this weekend (24305191)
Engineering works affecting Kent this weekend (24305191)

Replacement buses were running between Bromley South and Strood and between Bromley South and Borough Green and Wrotham because of engineering works.

There was no service on Thameslink between London Bridge and Dartford, also down to engineering works. Tickets were being accepted on Southeastern services.

If that wasn't enough, there was a reduced service on Eurostar at St Pancras International, London, because of strike action in France.

Today also marked the start of Southeastern's new timetable.

A Southeastern spokesman said: "We strongly advise travellers to check in advance before starting their journeys."

Landslip emergency tweet warning from Southeastern (24305189)
Landslip emergency tweet warning from Southeastern (24305189)

Even more disruption is on the cards for next weekend.

Major refurbishment work is to start at Maidstone East from Friday.

The ticket office will close at 10am and extra staff will be in place to help.

From Saturday a temporary ticket office will open near to the entrance to platform one.

Prepare for major rebuilding work at Maidstone East (24305195)
Prepare for major rebuilding work at Maidstone East (24305195)

The rail delays followed a disastrous day for travellers yesterday as fallen trees blocked many roads.

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