In a statement on their website, Southeastern have announced they will be cutting services on Friday, until they know what impact the weather has had on the rail network. The rail operator made the following statement:
`"Network Rail will be out at first light checking the track for any damage, flooding and fallen trees and will advise us when it is safe to start running train services.
We expect to be able to provide a high speed shuttle service between Ashford and St Pancras International in the morning, however we are advised that it’s unlikely we’ll be able to run any metro or mainline train services until around midday.
Only a handful of lines will be providing services the day after Christmas, and many of those which are running are serving airports and the Channel Tunnel, leaving much of the country without trains.
Labour said rail minister Stephen Hammond regularly attacked their ministers when they were in power before 2010 over the absence of Boxing Day services, but had done little to improve matters since joining the Department for Transport in 2012.
Among those running were Chiltern Railways between London Marylebone and Bicester North, Southeastern trains between London St Pancras International and Ashford International, a Southern service on the Brighton mainline, shuttle services to Heathrow and Stansted airports.
No train services are currently stopping at Newington station.
A burst water main has caused structural damage to a nearby bridge, resulting in the closure of the two railway tracks that serve Newington station.
Train services can still operate between Rainham and Sittingbourne, with a 5mph speed restriction in place.
On 9th December 2013, a rail replacement bus service will operate between Newington station, Rainham and Sittingbourne to get passengers to connecting train services.
Network Rail are working as fast as they can to repair the damage caused to the bridge.
We know it was a difficult journey home for our passengers last night and we're sorry. Our staff worked as quickly as possible to get services back up and running once Network Rail resolved the signal failure. We encourage anyone whose journey was delayed by more than 30 minutes to contact Southeastern Customer Services or submit a ‘Delay Repay’ claim online.
National Rail have told ITV News Meridian that currently there is no estimated time as to when the disruption will end.
A small fire has damaged equipment which operates signalling in the London Bridge area. No trains are currently running through London Bridge, Cannon Street, Charing Cross or Waterloo East. Engineers are on site assessing the extent of the damage and will carry out repairs as soon as possible. Passengers should travel from St Pancras, Farringdon, City Thameslink, Blackfriars, Elephant and Castle or Victoria for services to Kent and Sussex. Tickets are valid on London Underground, London buses and other train operators.
We apologise for the disruption and advise passengers to check National Rail Enquiries for the latest information.
Train chaos in Central London. London Bridge shut. No trains going out of Charing Cross, hence this Great Migration http://t.co/CrjfkkzR8S
london bridge is (metaphorically) falling down. Avoid if you can this eve - all trains cancelled #londonbridge
Owing to signalling problems at London Bridge all lines are blocked.
Latest advice to Southeastern commuters.
Hayes Line Services- Suspended
Bexleyheath Line Services- Suspended
Gillingham to London Services will terminate and start back from Dartford
An hourly shuttle service will run between Dartford and Sidcup
An hourly shuttle service will run between Dartford and Plumstead Mainline Services via Ashford will be diverted to and from London Victoria
Hastings services will Terminate and start back from Orpington
Tunbridge Wells services will Terminate and start back from Tonbridge
Sevenoaks to London Charing Cross/ Cannon Street services are suspended.
All Southeastern passengers are currently able to travel on All Southeastern High Speed services.
A signal problem at London Bridge means trains are cannot run through the station, extending journey times by at least 30 minutes.
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- Trains are being diverted via Elephant & Castle and are not calling at London Bridge
Southeastern passengers may use London Buses, Docklands Light Railway, London Underground and Tramlink services #LondonBridge