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Boat hits Sheppey's Kingsferry Bridge

PUBLISHED: 11:48 18 September 2013 | UPDATED: 11:49 18 September 2013

Kingsferry Bridge

Kingsferry Bridge

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Barge's mast tangled with the lifting section of the bridge delaying commuter trains.

Train services to the Isle of Sheppey had to be cancelled this morning after a boat hit the Kingsferry Bridge.

The mast of a barge struck the old crossing at about 9.30am and became entagled with the lifting section on the western side of the bridge.

Network Rail operators are on the scene now and it is reported that a tug boat has helped to move the barge to safety.

A spokesman for Southeastern trains said: “Following an earlier problem with a river bridge between Sittingbourne and Sheerness-On-Sea all lines have now reopened.

“Train services running to and from these stations are returning to normal. Normal services will be provided as soon as possible.

“Arrangements previously made with Travel Master Replacement Bus to convey passengers have now been withdrawn.”

The incident comes just weeks after the new Sheppey Crossing was the scene of a huge crash involving 130 cars.

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