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UPDATE: Passengers face further day of disruption as work continues to rebuild line at Lewisham damaged by derailed train

PUBLISHED: 10:33 27 January 2017 | UPDATED: 10:42 27 January 2017

Derailed freight train in Lewisham, south-east London. Photo: Network Rail/PA Wire

Derailed freight train in Lewisham, south-east London. Photo: Network Rail/PA Wire

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Commuters across Kent are facing a further day of disruption after a freight train derailed on Tuesday.

A 50-metre stretch of railway is being “completely rebuilt” in Lewisham, south-east London following the accident at 5.30am, with work expected to be finished by the end of the week.

The train, whose rear two wagons derailed, was moved from the scene after being returned to the track using cranes, but “extensive damage” to the railway was uncovered.

There are expected to be problems on Southeastern services until the end of the week.

The following disruption is scheduled to take place today (Friday).

14:51 Tunbridge Wells - Cannon Street will be diverted to London Victoria and no longer call at New Cross or Cannon Street

15:21 Tunbridge Wells - Cannon Street will be diverted to London Victoria and no longer call at New Cross or Cannon Street

18:19 Tunbridge Wells - Cannon Street will be diverted to London Victoria and no longer call at New Cross or Cannon Street

18:51 Tunbridge Wells - Cannon Street will be diverted to London Victoria and no longer call at New Cross or Cannon Street

16:02 Cannon Street - Tunbridge Wells will start from London Victoria and no longer call at New Cross

16:30 Cannon Street - Tunbridge Wells will start from London Victoria and no longer call at New Cross

19:33 Cannon Street - Tunbridge Wells will start from London Victoria and no longer call at New Cross

20:03 Cannon Street - Tunbridge Wells will start from London Victoria and no longer call at New Cross

Trains on the following routes will run on their normal routes but may still be delayed, or altered at short notice:

Hastings and Tunbridge Wells to Charing Cross

Sevenoaks and Orpington to Charing Cross

Ramsgate & Dover to Charing Cross

The Greenwich line

The Bexleyheath line

Trains that run between Cannon Street and the Medway Towns will now run on their normal routes to and from Cannon Street

Trains on the following routes will be revised:

Hayes to London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street - trains will run but are unable to call at Lewisham

Trains that start at Tunbridge Wells will run but may be revised.

Trains that start at Sevenoaks and Orpington, and run to Cannon Street will be suspended.

There is no service on the following route:

Crayford & Sidcup to London Charing Cross or London Cannon Street (although a limited service is running between Dartford and Sidcup)

There are no trains at all at the following stations, so you’ll need to use London’s buses to complete your journey:

New Eltham

Mottingham

Lee

The following stations have a limited service as the trains that normally serve these stations are diverted via alternative routes.

Hither Green

New Cross

St Johns

The following stations will have a reduced service:

Grove Park

Elmstead Woods

Chislehurst

Dunton Green

Knockholt

Chelsfield

Andy Derbyshire, chief operating officer for Network Rail’s south east route, said: “We know that this incident is disrupting many peoples’ journeys and I’m sorry it will be a few days yet before services return to normal. We are doing everything we can to get the site clear and our repairs under way as quickly and safely as possible.

“We need to completely rebuild more than 50m of railway from the foundations up, just a few metres from one of the busiest railway lines in the south east. This is a significant job but we’ll be working round-the-clock until the work is done and trains are back up and running for passengers.”

Richard Dean, Train Services Director at Southeastern, added: “This derailment has had a huge impact on the services we have been able to run over the last few days and unfortunately, due to the level of work needed, this will continue for the next few subsequently the days to come. It has been very difficult for our passengers and we urge those delayed for 30 minutes or more to claim Delay Repay compensation, which will be doubled until the issue is resolved.

“We would like to thank you to those who travel with us for their continued patience while the emergency repair work is completed as quickly as possible during this time. We would also ask our passengers to please continue to checking before you travelling and to allow more time for your journeys. Information will be available at stations and online, including on Twitter where our team will be sharing the most up-to-date information.”

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