New hole under train tracks towards London Bridge

Published on : Friday, August 5, 2016

Hole under tracks to London BridgeA new hole measuring about 30 cm has opened up under the railway tracks at Forest Hill, that run towards London Bridge triggering travel chaos for commuters for the second time within three weeks.


This incident compelled authorities to cancel services and close the railway tracks as precautionary measures.


The new hole has opened up yet again after a hole had developed in the same region on 18th July that resulted in the shutting down of lines to London Bridge and causing several delays.


Authorities advised passengers to avoid travelling to London Bridge on Thursday evening. Robert Coulson, acting area director, Network Rail, said that engineers had commenced repairing work at the place of the new hole at Forest Hill. However, this would lead to major disruptions of trains for the remaining part of the day.


He expressed apology for causing inconvenience to the travellers but reassured them that adequate measures were being undertaken to redress the issue and make the railways available to the public again.


One of the local residents said that the new hole had developed in exactly the same stretch of railway line as the one that led to major delays two weeks ago.


Southern rail services were unable to stop at several stations as a consequence of the new hole.


The Thameslink trains that were bound for London from Brighton were only capable of travelling to Gatwick Airport.


A spokesperson of the Southern said that some of the railway services have been cancelled by the authorities and a few others might be diverted away from the London Bridge or might even be delayed. He added that such disruptions might be expected till 6 pm.


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