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Pictures have emerged showing the true extent of overcrowding on train services in Kent.

It can be a struggle to get a seat at the best of times during rush-hour.

But a train heading to London Cannon Street from the county this morning was so busy passengers were left queuing down the isle of the 1st class carriage and in the gangways.

Frustrated commuters took to Twitter to express their outrage with one stating: "Eight cars on this overcrowded services to Cannon Street from Kent coast.

"Unacceptable when we're paying over £4k a year to be squashed like cattle!"

He added: "With the huge migration into the county and new housing developments it's just getting worse."

Another agreed, saying: "Spent seven or so years doing that journey, overcrowding got worse and worse, as did the delays due to one thing or another."

A Southeastern spokesman said: "We're sorry for the crowding experienced on the 6.40am from Broadstairs to Cannon Street on Tuesday morning.

"This train is normally scheduled to be 12 carriages, but because of essential maintenance work that needed to be carried out on one of our trains, and which couldn’t be put off, we had to run it as an eight-car train.

"We acknowledge that this made some of our passengers' journeys more uncomfortable as a result."

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