Kent

Folkestone coastal train halted by sea wall cracks

Cracks in the sea wall at Folkestone Image copyright Southeastern
Image caption Cracks first appeared in the sea wall on Christmas Eve

Part of a major coastal rail route has been shut "until further notice" after cracks appeared in the sea wall over the Christmas period.

Southeastern halted services between Folkestone and Dover Priory in Kent on Christmas Eve.

It is thought the cracks in the wall at Dover were caused by the sea.

The operator said there had been more damage to the structure since Thursday and the line would stay closed until it was repaired.

Image copyright Southeastern
Image caption Southeastern said the line would remain closed "until further notice"

Southeastern tweeted: "While the repairs are carried out buses will replace trains between Dover Priory and Folkestone Central."

"As soon as we receive more information we will send updates out on here with regard to the line closure between Dover and Folkestone," it continued.

"Some high-speed trains will be diverted to Ramsgate via Canterbury West. You can also travel between Dover and London via Canterbury East."

Image copyright Southeastern
Image caption It is thought the damage has been caused by the sea and wintry weather
Image copyright Southeastern
Image caption The side of the railway line has also been damaged

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites