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Southeastern reduces services on Friday 27th December

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.

Weather threat means more rail disruption

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.


Southeastern announces station closure

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.

Compensation for delayed Southeastern commuters

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.

– Alison Nolan, a spokesperson for Southeastern

National Rail apologise for disruption

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.

– A spokesman for Network Rail

We apologise for the disruption and advise passengers to check National Rail Enquiries for the latest information.

– A spokesman for Network Rail


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Reports of 'chaos' at London Bridge after signal failure

Latest information after signal fire

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.

Massive delays on Southeastern trains

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