Commuters face severe travel disruption after a trail derailed near Watford Junction following a night of heavy downpours.

The 6.19am service from Milton Keynes to London Euston during the Friday (16 September) morning rush hour reportedly derailed because the train hit a "landslide", according to passengers.

"We would like to apologise for the disruption we are seeing across the railway network today. This is due to a suspected derailment outside Watford Junction," a message to passengers said.

"Some services have had to be suspended as a result. Please listen for announcements concerning specific services. Thank you for your understanding."

A spokesperson for London Midland said: "There has been an incident at Watford Junction this morning. The extent of delays is not confirmed."

Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail, said: "A train hit a landslip, caused by torrential rain, resulting in a small section of the train to leave the tracks a few miles north of Watford today. The train remained upright and there are no reported passenger injuries.

Watford Junction
Workers at the landsliip near Watford Junction station which has caused a train to be derailed Steve Parsons/ PA

"Engineers are on site and train services are now running through the area but it will be some time before a normal timetable resumes. Passengers are advised to check www.nationalrail.co.uk before they travel for the latest information.

"Our priority is to reopen the railway as soon as it is safe to do so. A full investigation into what happened will take place."

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