Trains canceled between Strood and Paddock Wood after trolley blocked tracks at Maidstone

A train hit a shopping cart that was blocking the tracks, forcing services to be cancelled.

The incident was reported shortly after 5.30pm with services on south east routes between Strood and Paddock Wood affected throughout the evening.

An undervalued caddy tripped the power supply to trains near Maidstone West. Archival photo

The train operator said the obstruction was near Maidstone West so trains could not run.

Power to the lines has been cut, which means that the power supply allowing the trains to run has been cut off.

Network Rail crews were called in to remove the carriage, carry out safety checks and restore power.

A statement from Southeastern said: “We have been advised that the 5.34pm service from Strood to Maidstone West has struck a supermarket trolley on the track near Maidstone West.

“Network Rail response staff have removed the carriage from the track and are assessing the damage to the track before the line can reopen.

“Due to the carriage’s proximity to the electrified third rail, for safety reasons services cannot currently operate between Strood and Paddock Wood.

“Trains will be held at the platforms until we find more information and will be delayed, changed or canceled following the incident.”

The disruption is expected to last until around 9:30 p.m., according to Southeastern.

An update to passengers at 7.30pm from South East said: ‘The supermarket trolley has been removed from the railway but the track needs to be inspected before the line can reopen.

Rail replacement buses are being sent to Strood to run between all stations in Maidstone West, but all lines remain blocked, Southeastern said shortly before 8.30pm.

Affected passengers have been advised that their tickets are valid on Arriva bus routes number 71 from Snodland to Maidstone West, 7 from Maidstone to Tonbridge and 101 between Maidstone and Gillingham.

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