Sinkhole disrupts London Bridge trains, triggers travel chaos

Published on : Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sinkhole near London BridgeA 13-feet deep sinkhole at Forest Hill that opened up on Monday underneath the railways tracks of a south-eastern railway station at London disrupted Thameslink and Southern services to and from London Bridge. The incident triggered considerable travel chaos for commuters.


Engineers from Thames Water and Network Rail had arrived at the spot to solve the issue. Network Rail asserted that it was making efforts to resolve the problem by moving over 50 tonnes of ballast to the scene of the incident. However, they warned that commuters might face travel chaos for the entire days.


Network Rail has also said that the giant hole is believed to lead towards a sewer that might be present under the tracks.


The large hole has adversely affected the tracks between East Croydon and London Bridge since several rail services has been called off or diverted.


The train services to London Bridge from Horhsam have been diverted to the region on Victoria. And, the services from Eastbourne, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton have been cancelled.


Tattenham Corner, Uckfield, Caterham and Grinstead services would continue to run to London Bridge, but would be diverted through Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace and New Cross Gate had no trains on the London Overground after the incident.


The Area Director of Network Rail, Paul Rutter said that the authorities were unable to run services on the tracks leading to London Bridge that has been responsible for the disruption of services that would continue for the day.


He also advised passengers to check the latest developments carefully prior to travelling and make provision for extra time for their rail journeys.


London Underground, South West trains and buses would accept the tickets of ThamesLink and Southern.


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