Southeastern Trains are facing major disruption due to a derailed freight train
A freight train has derailed in south east London, causing major disruption to the Southeastern network leaving many trains cancelled and delays.
Thousands of passengers are unable to travel to work as the trains were suspended and cancelled due to the accident.
Southeastern tweeted shortly after 6am to say the train had derailed in the Lewisham area, adding: "All services through the area will be disrupted, with some services suspended."
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Disruption is expected to last all day. Please make sure you check before travelling
The firm said tickets would be accepted on bus routes, Underground services and on other rail and tram services in the area.
Southeastern added: "Disruption is expected to last all day. Please make sure you check before travelling."
Network Rail said the derailment happened shortly before 6am and that it had a team of engineers at the site by 6.15am.
There were no passengers aboard and no-one was injured in the incident.
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A Network Rail spokesman said: "Owing to a freight train derailment between Lewisham and Hither Green services are severely disrupted into and out of Charing Cross and Cannon Street.
"Passengers are advised to check their journey before they travel."
Southeastern Railway have updated their website and say that the delays are likely to last all day with many cancellations across their network.
They say: "There will be no service on the following routes:
"New Beckenham to London Charing Cross or Cannon Street
"Sidcup to London Charing Cross or Cannon Street
"Tunbridge Wells to London Charing Cross or Cannon Street
"Sevenoaks to Charing Cross or Cannon Street (stopping services)
"A shuttle service is being arranged to run on the following routes:
"Hayes to New Beckenham
"Dartford to Sidcup
"Trains on the following routes will also be diverted:
"Hastings to Charing Cross or Cannon Street will be diverted to London Bridge via Redhill.
"Ramsgate to Charing Cross services will be diverted to London Victoria."
Meanwhile South West customers are experiencing frustration with the network this morning just 24 hours after one of the UK's busiest train stations Clapham Junction faced chaos.
South West Trains services were severely disrupted yesterday following engineering work to repair the broken rail at Wimbledon station.
Their twitter feed says: "There may be residual delays during the morning of 24th January."
More to follow…