Crack in railway lines at New Cross causes huge Southeastern train disruption on Tuesday

Kit Heren (19 October, 2021)

The problem, which primarily affects services to and from Charing Cross, is expected to last all day

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Passengers have been warned that a crack in the train tracks at New Cross mean services between Charing Cross and the south-east will be “severely restricted” all day on Tuesday (October 19).

Engineers are on site trying to fix the problem, which is affecting the mechanism that helps trains switch tracks.

“Urgent repairs to the track in the New Cross area means the line is disrupted. As a result of this, trains to /from London Charing Cross may be cancelled, delayed or revised,” Southeastern railway said.

Affected services:

Morning

  • Significantly reduced service between Dartford and London Charing Cross, and some other Metro services cancelled
  • Trains between Dover Priory, Ramsgate, Ashford International and Charing Cross were diverted to and from Victoria
  • Some trains between Tunbridge Wells and Charing Cross were cancelled
  • Trains between Hastings and Charing Cross stopped at stations affected by cancellations

Off-Peak

  • Trains between Dover Priory, Ramsgate, Ashford International and Charing Cross will be diverted to and from Victoria
  • Trains between Dartford and Charing Cross via Bexleyheath will be cancelled
  • Trains between Hastings and Charing Cross will be diverted to and from Cannon Street

Evening Peak

  • A significant number of trains will be cancelled to and from London Charing Cross

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Network Rail said that a cracked set of points, which helps trains switch tracks, at New Cross was to blame for the delays.

The company added: “We have engineers on site and they will be able to fix most of the problem this afternoon, but will need to go back in overnight to complete the job, when trains aren’t running and we cause the least disruption.”

Network Rail said there would be a knock-on effect on Thameslink trains in the south-east because of the disruption.

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