Trains from 1066 country to London via Tonbridge cancelled

Queues outside Tunbridge Wells Railway Station. Photo by Rhiannon Cane
Queues outside Tunbridge Wells Railway Station. Photo by Rhiannon Cane

‘Emergency engineering work’ meant trains from 1066 country trains to London via Tonbridge were cancelled this morning (Tuesday, June 7).

Lines have now reopened but Southeastern trains between Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge were cancelled due to the works at High Brooms and a bus replacement service was running.

Commuters from Hastings and Battle experienced delays until around 1pm and were allowed to use tickets on suitable alternative routes.

Network Rail apologised for the ‘dreadful journey’ to work many commuters faced this morning.

“Network Rail would like to apologise to all passengers on the Tonbridge to Hastings line, who endured a dreadful journey to work this morning,” a Network Rail spokesman said.

“An engineering train damaged a crucial piece of railway equipment in the early hours, which meant that no trains were able to run between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells in either direction.

Southeastern train SUS-150720-174803001

Southeastern train SUS-150720-174803001

“We aim to have the equipment, a set of points, rebuilt by lunchtime today.”

A statement on Southeastern’s website said: “Because of emergency engineering works taking place in the High Brooms area trains are unable to run between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells in either direction.

“We are running a train service between Hastings and Tunbridge Wells and a bus shuttle service between Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge in both directions.

“Southeastern ticket holders are able to use Southern services via any reasonable route into London and London Underground terminus stations.

“We’ll update you here with the latest information direct from our control room.

“Alternatively why not download the free Southeastern On Track app from the App Store or Google play, or follow us on Twitter @Se_Railway.

“If your journey with us has been delayed by 30 minutes or more, you may be entitled to compensation for a portion of your fare. Please visit {http://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/contact/delay-repay/ for details|http://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/contact/delay-repay/ for details}.”

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