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Train derails outside London Waterloo station

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Travellers have been advised to avoid London Waterloo station all day after a train derailed outside the station.

Avrupa/London - Trains are unable to access 13 of the station's 24 platforms as 10 were already closed as part of engineering works to enlarge its capacity. The station is usually one of the busiest in the UK. Waterloo works: What you wanted to know Emergency services including police, paramedics and fire crews were called to the scene. Insp Sean McGachie of British Transport Police said "very few passengers had been on board" and officers were "working with industry partners to investigate the circumstances".

South West Trains said there would be a very limited service running to and from Waterloo "which is expected for the rest of today". Many of the trains running have been cancelled or are are stopping or starting short of the station, the rail operator said. Passengers are being advised to use alternative routes and have been warned other stations in the area will be "very busy" with the possibility of queuing systems being put in place. Passengers were already affected by ongoing engineering works

The ongoing £800m engineering project at Waterloo will prepare the station for longer trains and provide space for 30% extra passengers during the busiest times of the day.

The station is usually one of the busiest in the UK, with an average of 270,000 journeys made to and from it each day.

Elsewhere, in north London, a Great Northern train hit the buffers at King's Cross station.

A spokesperson for the rail company said it had happened at low speed and "the Rail Accident Investigation Branch has been informed".

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