Some Oyster card readers at Hackbridge railway station are out of service because their cabling has been eaten by rats.

Transport for London (TfL) say they are looking into the problem and are trying to fix the issue “as soon as possible”.

However, it’s currently not known when it will be resolved.

A TfL spokesman said: “We are aware that two Oyster readers at Hackbridge national rail station, which is operated by Southern Railway, have been out of service due to cabling being damaged by local wildlife.

“Customers can still use readers located on the other platform to touch in and out, although that is clearly an inconvenience and we hope that the work is carried out as soon as possible.”

Commuters have alluded to there being problems with some of the readers on the station's platform two in recent days and weeks.

Southern is undertaking remedial work before the Oyster Card readers at the station can be reconnected by TfL.

Govia Thameslink Railway, which operates Southern's services, has been contacted for further comment to understand as to when the works will be completed.