Trains continued to be cancelled between Gravesend and Strood after damage to the line caused by a freight train derailing late Thursday night (April 9).

Network Rail said their engineers were continuing repair work on the line but did not expect it to reopen before Easter Sunday tomorrow (April 12):

"Late on Thursday night, a freight train derailed near to Higham causing damage to the track and signalling system between Gravesend and Strood.

Network Rail continue to work to repair the track, signalling and power supply damaged in the incident, but the lines are not expected to reopen before Sunday April 12."

Disruption would likely continue into Sunday too.

Train operators Southeastern advised passengers on their options on Saturday:

"If you're travelling between London and Rochester:

"You may wish to catch a direct service to or from London Victoria.

"You can use your ticket on London Underground via reasonable routes at no extra cost.

"If you're travelling between Ebbsfleet, Gravesend and Rochester:

"Replacement buses are running between Rochester and Ebbsfleet International.

"You can use your ticket at no extra cost on Fastrack Bus routes A and B between Ebbsfleet, Dartford and Gravesend.

"Fastrack Bus Route A runs between Dartford and Greenhithe, click here for today's timetable.

"Fastrack Bus Route B runs between Dartford, Ebbsfleet and Gravesend, click here for today's timetable."