Pictures show extent of damage after lorry crashed into railway bridge between Dartford and Gravesend

Trains were unable to run between Dartford and Gravesend after a lorry crashed into a railway bridge today (August 13). The smash happened at around 11am near Northfleet railway station and Southeastern and Thameslink services were suspended in both directions for more than three hours. Pictures show a large amount of debris from the demolished wall, including bricks, which have fallen from a height onto the line below.

The bridge has been damaged and Network Rail says it has called in a specialist contractor to assess it further. Southeastern and Thameslink services disrupted between Dartford and Gravesend after lorry crashed into bridge in Northfleet  

A brick wall has been badly damaged after a lorry crashed into it near Northfleet railway station

Rail replacement buses were in operation from Dartford, Gravesend and Rainham but no trains or buses were calling at Ebbsfleet. A Thameslink spokesman said earlier: “Emergency services and Network Rail operatives are on site assessing the damage to the bridge and a specialist contractor is required to further assess the damage.

“For safety reasons, they have requested that no trains run between Dartford and Rainham.”

Southeastern had tweeted saying: “The line between Ebbsfleet/Northfleet and #Gravesend is now blocked in both directions after a lorry caused damage to a railway bridge.”


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