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Sinkholes appear beneath train track in England as seawall begins to collapse

Bad weather and high tides caused the damage.

Image: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A SEAWALL HAS begun to collapse under a frequently-used railway line in Kent, England, with thousand of commuters set to be affected.

Huge cracks in the seawall were discovered on Christmas Eve, which was severely damaged by high tides.

There are a number sinkholes two or three metres deep along the wall, with Network Rail officials in England saying that the repairs will take “a significant amount of time.”

Winter weather Dec 30th 2015 High waves and bad weather caused the damage to the seawall Source: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

“Teams of engineers are on site and we will do everything we can to reopen this stretch of railway as quickly as possible,” said a spokesperson.

“We know how important the railway is for people in this area and our orange army is working round the clock to establish what action needs to be taken, though we know the damage to the sea wall supporting the railway is severe.
“In the meantime, passengers should check with National Rail Enquiries or Southeastern for the latest information before travelling.”

Thousands of commuters are affected by the damage, and a replacement bus service has been put in place to try to deal with the issue.

Winter weather Dec 30th 2015 Source: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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