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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


Southeastern to run trains in region for next four years

Southeastern's rail contract extended for another four years

Southeastern will continue to run train services in Kent and Sussex for another four years it was confirmed today.

The Government say the company will invest £70 million to improve services which have been heavily criticised by passengers and MP's. The Government say it is "a fresh start" for the company an was better to extend the existing contract than go through the process of a new one.

Record £1.5m compensation for delayed rail passengers

Rail passengers hit by delays and cancellations on Southeastern trains at the start of this year are to receive a record £1.5m pounds in compensation.

The sum is ten times that paid out in the same period last year. It's largely due to the closure of part of the Hastings to Tonbridge line following major landslips. Services finally returned to normal in March.

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