Highspeed services to London disrupted due to flooding in tunnels

Highspeed service Photo John Horton

Southeastern will be running no highspeed services to London St Pancras, Stratford and Ebbsfleet today (December 30), due to flooding in the tunnels at Ebbsfleet.

No trains will run between Ashford and St Pancras, or between Gravesend and St Pancras.

Flooding between Ebbsfleet International and London St Pancras International means that all lines are blocked.

Disruption is expected until the end of the day.

Flooding has been ongoing in the railway tunnels near Ebbsfleet International since yesterday morning. Both tunnels will be closed all day today, closing the line to / from London St Pancras International. Eurostar services have also been cancelled.

Highspeed services will NOT run between:

London St Pancras International and Faversham via Gravesend

London St Pancras International and Ashford International

Highspeed trains will run between:

Ramsgate – Ashford International via Canterbury West

Ramsgate – Ashford International via Dover Priory

Ramsgate – Faversham


Use London Charing Cross or London Bridge for trains between London and Gravesend, Ashford International, Folkestone, Dover, Ramsgate and Canterbury West

Use London Cannon Street or London Bridge for trains between London and Gravesend, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham, Faversham Margate and Ramsgate

You can use the following alternative services at no extra cost:

London Underground between London Bridge, London Cannon Street, London Charing Cross, Stratford and London St Pancras International

Thameslink between London St Pancras International and Rainham

Elizabeth line between Stratford and Central London

Docklands Light Railway between Stratford International and Central London

Arriva Fastrack route B between Ebbsfleet and Gravesend

You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner.


  1. I feel sorry for passengers hoping to travel between London and Europr for the New Year.
    Now, if Ashford was still open for international travellers….
    One wonders how a tunnel, under the Thames, could suffer from flooding like this.
    Surely there’s not a hole in it?

  2. One possible reason why flooding is taking place is because surface water can no longer go down roadside drains! Roadside drains were regularly cleared of debris by “Gulpers” remember them? No longer though, so rain water now finds its own way to its lowest point, a tunnel!

  3. Trains are regularly replaced by bus service, so whatever the excuse, there isn’t a dependable rail service. It mirrors most of the failing Services provided in the country.

    • Its all part of our descent into 3rd world status Steve, after 14 years of Tory rule. I don’t expect Starmer to do anything about it, as he appears to be a tory, with a small t.

      • so was Tony Blair, compared to far leftists/ussr simps like Corbyn. Blair oversaw one of the biggest uplifts to working and middle classes in three generations. NHS waiting list was down to nearly zero. Nurses and Dr’s were properly paid to train. Infrastructure was repaired promptly. et al.

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