Southeastern has issued a do not travel alert for train passengers in East Kent.
A Southeastern spokesman said: “We are currently experiencing severe difficulties with the train service in East Kent at present as a result of freezing rain and ice forming on conductor rails, which our trains use to pick up power.
“We are advising passengers not to travel in East Kent over the next few hours. Please check before you travel this afternoon. This applies to:
· All routes east of Rochester
· All routes east of Ashford
· The Maidstone East line
“We are working to bring services back into operation as soon as possible. We are unable to provide alternative transport for disrupted lines.”
UPDATE: Southeastern has now (12.45pm) issued a no travel alert for the entire network.
A spokesman said: “We are currently experiencing severe difficulties with the train service across our entire network as a result of freezing rain and ice forming on conductor rails, which our trains use to pick up power.
“We are currently advising passengers not to travel. This applies to all Southeastern routes – Metro, Mainline and High Speed.
“We are working to bring services back into operation as soon as possible. We will provide further updates as soon as possible.”
The icy conditions have also resulted in crashes in Canterbury Road West, Ramsgate, and along the Thanet Way.
There are also issues with buses being unable to drive on some isle roads, including Madeira Walk.
Postal staff have also been withdrawn from service again today due to treacherous conditions.
The Empire Room restaurant in Ramsgate has also taken the decision to close today (March 2).
Chef Craig Mather said: “Due to the extreme icy weather, we have decided to close tonight (Friday). The safety of my staff and customers in arriving here and returning safely home is our main decision in closing.
“We will be open as normal the rest of the week for a very busy weekend here.”