UPDATED (15:30) – Storm update

Ashford seems to have escaped any major storm damage so far, we’ll update here with any developments as we learn about them:

Monday afternoon update:

Southeastern Railway:

“This morning there were more than 50 trees blown onto the railway tracks in our area because of the storm. So it wasn’t possible to run a single services on any line at the beginning of the day.

Network Rail has worked hard to remove the majority of trees and repair damaged tracks. All lines are open and a limited service (either half hourly or hourly) is running on all routes. Check National Rail or call 0845 7 48 49 50 for services. 

These lines are NOT open:

Deal and Dover, Bat and Ball and Sevenoaks, Eynsford and Shoreham, Otford and Maidstone East

Thanks everyone for your patience today.”


“All Southern Routes are now open following high winds across the Southern network earlier this morning which saw around 40 trees falling on our lines. However, The Tonbridge to Redhill line is still blocked due to fallen trees and we are also unable to run trains between Redhill and Reigate at present.

Please note, that services may still be disrupted and a temporary timetable which is a much reduced service from the normal weekday timetable is now in place. It can be found here.

 London Underground and London Buses are accepting Southern tickets on all reasonable routes.”


Reports of fallen trees on the following local roads:

  • A28, Bethersden
  • A259. Old Romney
  • Swattenden Lane, Cranbrook
  • Bakers Cross, Cranbrook
  • A252 at Challock
  • Magazine Road, Ashford



AS 0845, Southeastern and Southern services still not running except as below on HS1.




Andy Court: (Facebook Group – ASHFORD KENT REMEMBERING THE WAY IT ONCE WAS). Road flooding still by Bachelors, taken early today.

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