Train services running between Margate and Faversham stations have been disrupted this evening due to a train hitting a shopping trolley that had been thrown onto the line. Train operator Southeastern reported that the incident occurred near Faversham, and that the line from Whitstable towards Faversham is currently blocked.
The driver has been working to resolve a number of faults on the train, and has since been joined by engineers from the Southeastern depot, who are currently working to remove the trolley before undertaking repair work. The line is expected to be blocked until 11pm when the train will be moved.
Southeastern reported that a train is on the way from Faversham to attach to the front of the train that hit the trolley. Passengers will then be able to walk through to the additional carriages which will then return to Faversham.
National Rail first reported the incident at 10pm this evening and has confirmed that Southeastern routes between Ramsgate and Gillingham, London St Pancras International and London Victoria are affected.
Journeys between Margate and Faversham stations are currently disrupted and some may be cancelled, delayed or revised. The disruption is expected to be resolved by the end of the day.
Customers travelling to or from Ramsgate, Margate Faversham, Gillingham & Rochester towards London are advised to check their journey using the National Rail journey planner.
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Article Source: Kent Live