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Freight Train Derailment in South East London causes Commuter Misery

Freight train derailment in south east London causes commuter misery for Southeastern passengers  

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Southeastern rail services are being suspended and cancelled following a freight train derailment Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

A freight train has derailed in south east London, causing major disruption to the Southeastern network.

Thousands of passengers faced delays getting to work as services were suspended and cancelled on Tuesday morning.

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."

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.

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 service status at 8.50am on Tuesday


Southeastern passengers vented their frustration on Twitter.

One user, Nicky W, said: "Another day another £southeastern disaster. Freight train derailed at Lewisham. Don't think I will rush..."

Colin Twigg wrote: "No trains to Hastings from London Bridge at all?! Because a freight train derailment at Lewisham that's not even on that line?!".

And Emilie Murphy said: "Derailed freight train at Lewisham means Uber to Kings Cross. Think I'll still miss my train - @virgineastcoast will you honour tickets?"

The derailment means trains cannot run between Dartford and Lewisham via Sidcup, with a shuttle service being arranged between Sidcup and Dartford.

Trains are not running from Hastings towards London, while those from Ramsgate that normally run to Charing Cross are being diverted to London Victoria.

Services starting and terminating at both Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks are also suspended, Southeastern said.

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