Trains are currently not running between Margate and Broadstairs after a lorry hit a bridge, meaning all lines are now blocked.
The bridge in Margate at Ramsgate Road/Queens Avenue, is being examined by engineers before trains can resume.
The line between #Margate & #Broadstairs is currently blocked while we await engineers on site to assess damage of a bridge. Buses will be en route to run between Margate and Ramsgate until further notice. https://t.co/ZDuf8K6eW4
— Southeastern (@Se_Railway) June 21, 2018
A National Rail statement says: “Due to a road vehicle colliding with a bridge between Margate and Broadstairs all lines are blocked. Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 3:15pm.
“If travelling between Margate and Broadstairs, you journey time is likely to be extended. Check your train before you travel.
“You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.”
A Kent Police spokesman said: “Kent Police was called at 12.41pm after a lorry collided with a railway bridge on Ramsgate Road, Margate.
“No injuries were reported but Network Rail has been made aware of the incident.”
UPDATE: Line reopened just before 4pm. All trains now running between the two stations.
CLEARED: #Margate – Trains are now able to run normally between Margate and Broadstairs, following a road vehicle colliding with a bridge earlier today.
— National Rail (@nationalrailenq) June 21, 2018
I reported to KCC highways weeks ago that signs to warn large vehicles of low bridge are either missing, unreadable or facing the wrong way at some Thanet bridges which was a danger but nothing has been done. They are liable to claims as they knew about the problems and did nothing. Not sure what their highways inspectors are doing in Thanet with many faults taking years to be put right.