Thanet snow: Train station and school closures

Snow delays Photo John Horton

Three Thanet train stations are closed today due to the weather conditions.

Southeastern has made the decision to shut Dumpton, Westgate and Minster.

Further afield Sandwich, Deal. Walmer and Martin Mill are also closed

Southeastern will be running a modified timetable today. This will mean reduced services on some routes and some stations will be closed.

Those trains that are running will be at different times to normal. Details of all the changes for today are showing in the journey planner, alternatively you can view downloadable copies here.

Photo John Horton

Sole Street Line (between London Victoria and Dover Priory) -PART SUSPENDED- An hourly service between Victoria and Gillingham, and an hourly service between Victoria and Ramsgate. No service between Faversham and Dover Priory via Canterbury East. Some stations will be closed.

Paddock Wood Line (between London Charing Cross / Tonbridge and Ramsgate / Dover Priory / Strood) -PART SUSPENDED- An hourly service between Charing Cross and Ashford via Tonbridge, with additional services at peak times. No service between Ramsgate and Dover Priory. Some stations will be closed.

High Speed via Ashford  -REVISED SERVICE- A half-hourly service between St Pancras and Ramsgate via Canterbury West. Half-hourly service between St Pancras and Dover Priory. Some additional services during peak hours.

Latest: No high-speed service from Margate

Find the emergency timetable here

Royal Mail deliveries are now suspended (10.30am) with postal staff being called back to the depot.

There are also issues for cars using Brooksend Hill with cars stuck and traffic backed up to the St Nicholas roundabout.

Bayliss Executive Travel have stepped in to help out older residents who may be experiencing problems due to the weather.

Their post says: “Due to this ridiculous weather and work being cancelled left right and centre, we have lots of staff free at Bayliss Executive Travel over the next couple of days. If you are elderly and in need of any help at all, please call Rob on 01304 363600 and let our office know.

“We will despatch a staff member to help absolutely free of charge, whether that be to take you to the doctors or a necessary shopping trip, we want to help. This isn’t a gimmick, this is a genuine offer unanimously agreed to by our staff, our boys want to help! Stay safe everyone.”

The following schools are also listed on the Kent County Council website as closed. Some may not have contacted the authority so it is advisable to check the school website too.

Northdown Primary School

Salmestone Primary School

St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School

Laleham Gap School

Stone Bay School

St Joseph Primary Catholic School

Drapers Mills Primary School (today and tomorrow, March 1-2)

Latest closures – please check school websites and text messages

Chatham and Clarendon are closing early, announcement made at 10am

Cliftonville Primary closing

Dame Janet closing early

St Saviours Junior School Westgate, parents can collect children early but the school will remain open

Bromstone school, closing at 1pm, parents can collect now

St Crispins School, Westgate, parents can pick children up early but the school remains open

Royal Harbour Academy closing early, parents being contacted

Foreland Field School – parents being contacted

Charles Dickens School

Ellington infants

St Lawrence juniors

Buttons pre-school, Ramsgate

Minster primary

Newlands primary

Garlinge primary


  1. Why oh why is Brooks End hill causing such a problem again when we have snow. This is a main route out of thanet it should be a priority to keep open.There was an hour drive from Westgate to St Nicholas At Wade this morning on the return journey it was impassable.

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