Heavy rainfall is bringing disruption to railways and roads in parts of the UK, with tracks in some areas of the network hit by flooding.

Southeastern, Great Northern Southern and Thameslink are all reporting delays due to the weather. The track has been flooded at Orpington and as a result, Southeastern says fewer trains are able to run through the area because the water has caused damage to signalling equipment.

On Southern, a vehicle has struck a bridge at Crowborough, while a broken down train is blocking the northbound line at Ashurst.

Elsewhere, other lines have been hit by flooding and Southern, Great Northern and Thameslink are advising passengers not to travel in the South London area if possible. Trains are also affected in the Redhill area, so some services may be amended or depart from a different platform.

The M25 was closed in both directions for eight hours overnight after two sinkholes were discovered following a crash, and the motorway was closed near Swanley this morning due to a police incident.

According to the Met Office, the UK should be braced for more bad weather, with warnings expected to remain in place for much of the day. Some parts of the country could see up to 100mm of water on Wednesday and Thursday.

There are a total of 31 flood alerts in place across the UK.

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