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Train derailment causing major Southeastern disruption between Dartford, Medway and London Charing Cross

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Original article from Kent Live

A freight train derailment in causing major delays between Kent and London.

Southeastern services are expected to be disrupted all day today (September 13) after the train derailed overnight near Lee.

The company has confirmed it's unable to run a shuttle bus service between Sidcup and Dartford due to crew displacement.

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Train services will be affected from London Charing Cross and Gravesend, Gillingham, Crayford, Strood and also between London Cannon Street and Crayford.

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Although the Sidcup line will be most affected, other services to London will also suffer due to crew and stock displacement.

A National Rail spokesman said following the incident: "Response staff are on-site. All lines are blocked between Crayford and Hither Green due to a derailed freight train in the Lee area. Trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised. This is expected until the end of the day."

"Trains between Sidcup and Hither Green in both directions are unable to run at present."

Rail passengers are permitted to use London buses between Dartford and London, while London Underground are accepting passengers on "reasonable routes".

Southeastern initially told passengers it would be running a shuttle bus service between Sidcup and Dartford, but have since abandoned these plans.

It said in its most recent update on Twitter: "Due to crew displacement at present, we are unable to operate the shuttle between Sidcup and Dartford.

"We will update you as soon as we know more on this service. Passengers are advised to use alternative routes."

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