TRAVEL CHAOS hits Southeastern rail passengers as Storm Doris wreaks havoc for rush hour commuters
PUBLISHED: 17:36 23 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:36 23 February 2017
Services running across the whole Southeastern network may be delayed by up to 60 minutes or revised
Rail passengers are facing delays, diversions and cancellations this afternoon as Storm Doris has caused “major disruption” on many Southeastern services.
High winds and rain are affecting services on the network, with disruption at Bexleyheath, Sidcup, Bromley South, Maidstone East, Paddock Wood, the high speed line via Ashford and the high speed line via Gravesend.
Passengers have been left frustrated as the train operator’s website suffered ‘intermittent problems’ ahead of the evening rush hour.
National Rail’s website remains operational.
As of 5.30pm, here is the latest disruption on the rail.
A National Rail spokesperson said: “A tree has fallen at Charlton blocking one line, engineers are on site working to remove the tree. No trains can run from Deptford towards Dartford via Charlton.
“- High Speed services between Ashford and Ramsgate via Dover Priory will be diverted via Canterbury West between 10:00 and 18:00
“An additional shuttle service between Dover Priory and Ramsgate will run between these times.
“Charing Cross to Tunbridge Wells services will only run between Charing Cross and Tonbridge and will be formed of 8 coaches between 11:00 and 18:00. High Brooms & Tunbridge Wells will continue to be served by Hastings services.
“All Southeastern services from London Blackfriars will start from Victoria until further notice.
“Trees fell earlier at Sidcup, Hayes, West Wickham, Petts Wood, New Eltham, Robertsbridge, Maidstone East, Broadstairs, Lewisham, Chatham & Minster. These have now been cleared from the train lines, but services are still disrupted in the areas whilst we recover service.”
Throughout the day, passengers complained that trains were being cancelled at short notice - with one reportedly cancelled just a minute before arrival.
A Southeastern spokesperson said:
“Information is going out on all of our channels, including screens and announcements at stations, on Twitter and on our website. The bad weather has caused trees to fall on lines across many of our routes, and we’re working with Network Rail to clear these as soon as possible.
“We advise passengers to continue to check before they travel and allow more time for their journey. Anyone delayed 30 minutes or more should claim Delay Repay compensation.”