Why trains to east Kent were delayed last night

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A man walked through the tunnel under the Thames, causing massive delays

It wasn’t just drivers who faced nightmare journeys in and out of east Kent yesterday.

Flooding had created problems on the M2 and A249 after torrential downpours early in the day.

But weary commuters trying to get back to Ashford, Canterbury West or stations down the line towards Thanet faced delays of some five hours.

They were caused by a trespasser who entered the high-speed tunnel at Ebbsfleet and walked the six miles to Rainham in Essex where he was arrested by police.

Train operator Southeastern reported that: “The trespasser was seen heading to the High Speed tunnel that runs under the Thames.

“Disruption on the High Speed lines continued for a while.”

British Transport Police eventually arrested the man at 9pm.

Around 10pm Southeastern notified passengers that the issues had been resolved and apologised for the delays.

The Dover to London Victoria line had also been closed due to a flooded track at Gillingham.

Meanwhile, the subway at Herne Bay train station was unusable after it became deluged.

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