COMMUTERS faced delays yesterday (FEB 24) around Longfield after trees almost fell on the railway line.

Southeastern services were diverted around the station for a number of hours after Network Rail started emergency engineering works to prevent catastrophe.

The trees were chopped down and normal services resumed at around 3pm.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We chopped down a couple of trees that were in danger of falling in the railway.

“They had been weakened by the wet winter and wind and had begun to topple over.

"The trees were spotted by a track inspector at 11am.

The line was closed at 12.30pm and the trees removed shortly afterwords. Normal service resumed around 3pm."