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A track defect at New Cross had a major impact on services using Charing Cross in London

Trains running through a major London railway station are facing disruption after a broken track was discovered.

Services from Charing Cross to Waterloo East were suspended after the track defect was found at New Cross.

Network Rail SE said the broken track had now been repaired but trains remained diverted and cancelled.

Trains to Charing Cross have resumed but speed restrictions mean only 10 trains will run per hour instead of the usual 20.

Thameslink services are also affected between Bedford, Luton and Rainham and London Bridge.

Services are also being diverted to London Victoria or London Cannon Street, Network Rail said.

‘Bespoke part’

Earlier Network Rail said the broken track was a “bespoke part” which had to be cut out and replaced.

Passengers caught up in the disruption have spoken of their frustration on social media about “nightmare” levels of overcrowding on alternative routes.

Others were confused as to why the impact across the network using Charing Cross was so badly affected.

Great Northern trains into Moorgate have also been experiencing long delays following a signal failure.

BBC Travel London has the latest travel information.

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