Significant delays hit rail commuters between Slade Green and London Bridge Friday morning after a train broke down at Erith station.

National Rail said that disruption could be expected until at least 9.30am, following a train malfunction at Erith.

National Rail said: "A broken down train at Erith, is disrupting trains running between Slade Green and London Bridge.

"Train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled, delayed or diverted. Disruption is expected until 09:30am."

South Eastern Railway meanwhile said that engineers had succeeded in fixing the faulty train but disruption could still be expected until later today.

On Twitter, South Eastern Railway said: "Depot staff have made repairs to the faulty train and it is on the move towards the depot. The line through #Erith is now open again however services are still likely to be disrupted."

It added that previously purchased tickets linked to the effected routes would be accepted for those who opted for alternative public transportation.

South Eastern Railway said: "Tickets will be accepted at no extra cost on London Buses on reasonable routes between Dartford and London, Docklands Light Railway and London Underground between Southeastern terminals due to the broken down train at #Erith."