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TRAVEL - TRAINS: Southeastern revised service

There is a revised rail service on Southeastern between London Charing Cross and Dartford, between London Charing Cross and Gravesend and between London Charing Cross and Orpington due to flooding. All lines have now reopened following disruption caused by heavy rain and thunderstorms across the Southeastern network.

Services are still subject to revisions, delays and cancellations.


Parliament delays Lucas's bid to renationalise the rail service

She's one of many Sussex commuters fed up with the standards of service of our trains but she has a bit more clout than the average commuter - and today she set about using it.

Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, has launched a Parliamentary Bill proposing the renationalisation of the rail network. She says it would reduce fares, improve punctuality and save taxpayers a billion pounds a year. Andy Dickenson reports.

The Department for Transport have now issued a statement for this report.

They said: "We are determined to make journeys better and it is unacceptable that customers are not always receiving the service they deserve.

"We believe that franchising provides the best way to improve services and closely monitor the performance of all train companies - and offer them incentives to meet targets."

Train delays in South East caused by sunshine

The sunshine was too strong this morning Credit: ITV


Southeastern services will shut down early on Christmas Eve

Services will shut down early on Christmas Eve Credit: ITV

Southeastern is reminding passengers that all services will shut down early for Christmas Eve.

Train passengers heading back to their families should check journey times, as services shut down slightly earlier than normal.

Early peak time services will move to between 1 and 4pm.

After this there will be a limited service with the last train leaving Charing Cross at 7.45pm (to Hastings) and 7.50 from London Cannon Street (to Orpington).

The last high speed service will depart at 21:12(Margate) and the last Victoria service will depart at 20:55 (Orpington).

Southeastern statement after train derailment

Southeastern has praised the driver after the derailment Credit: ITV

On Sunday evening a train travelling between Ashford and Canterbury West was involved in an incident near Chilham station where it collided with livestock that had strayed onto the railway line meaning the train became derailed.

Trains between Ashford and Ramsgate via Canterbury West have been suspended and replacement buses have been put on while work is done to remove the train from the track and to carry out structural checks. This is a lengthy process and involves using a special crane to lift the carriages from the line before examining the track. This is likely to continue throughout at least today and tomorrow.

“We would like to thank our driver who acted quickly after his train collided with the cows. He realised at this point his radio had stopped working so he jumped out of the cab and ran down the track to halt an approaching train. He was then able to contact the signaller through the radio of this train to switch off the power to the line.

“We can confirm no one was injured in this incident and all passengers on board were taken from the train to a nearby village hall where they were given refreshments and buses and taxis were arranged to take them home.

We would like to thank the local residents of the village of Godmersham who opened up the village hall for us so late at night and helped provide warm drinks for our passengers.

– Southeastern

Quick thinking train driver praised for moving tree

A quick-thinking train driver who jumped out of their cab to remove a fallen tree blocking the line following high winds has been praised by his employers, Southeastern.

The driver was in charge of the 6.09am service from Tunbridge Wells to Charring Cross this morning following a stormy night and high winds across Kent.

But as the train pulled out of the station and headed up the line towards Frant, it neared the obstruction.

Realising this would hold up commuters heading into London, the driver jumped out of their cab and heaved the tree from the track and on to the side before continuing the journey.

The Southeastern driver’s actions prevented serious delays and meant the train was only nine minutes late as it ended its journey in central London.

“I’d like to say well done to our train driver. The quick-thinking actions of our employee meant that all the people on this busy commuter train did not suffer severe delays after a night of high winds blew this tree onto the tracks. While our employees are committed to getting our passengers to where they need to be every day, the actions of this driver are really impressive.”

– Richard Dean, Train Services Director at Southeastern
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