Trains have blocked from travelling through most of south east London this morning after a rail defect has prompted 'urgent repairs'.

The defect is located in Erith, but has blocked the rail line in both directions, cutting off Charlton, Woolwich, Greenwich, Plumstead, Deptford and more.

Trains from Dartford travelling towards London and vice versa are unable to call at a number of stations, and the line is expected to be blocked for around four hours.

Southeaster Railway said the line had been closed following safety checks at Erith Station, and promised more updates to come.

Trains are being diverted via alternative routes as urgent repairs are required on the line.

The full list of stations affected by Thameslink services are

  • Slade Green
  • Abbey Wood
  • Plumstead
  • Woolwich Arsenal
  • Charlton
  • Westcombe Park
  • Maze Hill
  • Greenwich
  • Deptford

If you are travelling from Dartford to one of these stations, Thameslink advises you to stay on the train and change at London Bridge.

Train tickets can be used on London Bus services via reasonable routes in Erith, as well as DLR between Lewisham and Greenwich.

Warnings over ice and snow are also in place across London this morning.