A train has derailed in Grove Park this morning, causing significant delays to railway services in the area.
The train left the tracks travelling at low speed as it entered Grove Park depot earlier today, and Southeastern say it was not in passenger service at the time.
But the derailed unit is now blocking the lines in and out of the Lewisham depot, so trains in the depot cannot currently run in passenger service.
Engineers are working to re-rail the train, but work is ongoing and with no time-frame given, disruption and cancellations are expected for most of the day.
Southeastern said that some Metro services will be cancelled today and other trains will run with fewer carriages than they would do normally.
“Metro services are expected to be very busy and social distancing may not be possible. You may wish to travel at an alternative time if it is possible to do so.”
Repairs to railway infrastructure in the area will also be needed once the train is moved before inspections can take place to clear services returning.
Network Rail said: “We’re very sorry for the disruption caused to services this morning due to a train coach derailing as it entered Grove Park depot.
“We are working with Southeastern Railway to establish a time frame to re-rail the service and then inspect the track once the service has been move. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we have more news from the depot.”
Urgent repairs to the railway between Sevenoaks and Orpington also mean that trains between these two stations will be cancelled, delayed or revised, with bus replacements running and disruption expected until 11am/