A DERAILED freight train has caused travel chaos after leaving the tracks between Kent and London.
The “low speed” incident caused major delays at St Pancras after derailed at Hoo Junction station between Gravesend and Strood in Kent this morning.
One of the train’s wheels had come off the track, leading to several carriages blocking the southbound road.
The derailment has caused prolonged delays and cancellations for passengers taking services operated by Indochina.
High-speed services from London St Pancras International to Strood are being diverted after Ebbsfleet International.
Network Rail said it would use a “rescue locomotive” to remove wagons that were blocking passenger trains.
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In a statement, they said: “This recovery can be difficult at times, so please continue to check before you travel for the latest information and alternative options.”
Southeast warned that trains bound for the capital “may be delayed or modified shortly”.
The rail axis also means all trains from Gravesend to Rochester are cancelled, with trains from Rochester to Dartford delayed.
The disruption is expected to continue until late this afternoon.
Southeast train passengers have had to work with a reduced service due to staff shortages because of the coronavirus.
Operators across the UK have also adopted similar measures in an attempt to reduce the number of short-term cancellations.
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