More train delays for Londoners

19 July 2016
More train delays for Londoners

London can't catch a break when it comes to trains. If you don't live in London and are instantly irritated by the mere mention of it, feel free to laugh.

A sinkhole appeared yesterday, which is a whopping 12-ft deep. It is under the lines at Forest Hill, and affects trains going to and from London Bridge. That's it in the picture above.

London Underground tweeted about it, saying: "All day, no service btn New Cross Gate and Crystal Palace / West Croydon due to a track fault at Forest Hill"

It is thought that the hole goes straight into a sewer which is under the tracks, and this disruption is going to last all day.

So, that means services will be reduced, cancelled, or diverted with Southern (them again) and Thameslink, concerning trains in/out from Eastbourne, Littlehampton, and Bognor Regis.

There'll be no London Underground services between New Cross Gate and Crystal Palace.

Trains from East Grinstead, Uckfield, Caterham and Tattenham Corner will be diverted via Crystal Palace.

Paul Rutter from Network Rail said: "Upon further investigation, the hole which was found on the railway in the Forest Hill area has now been identified as running above an active sewer."

"Because of the location of the hole we are unlikely to be able to run trains on all four tracks through to London Bridge this morning which will cause disruption to services that at this stage looks likely to continue throughout the day."

"Passengers are advised to check before they travel and allow extra time for their journeys, with further details to follow as soon as they are available."

"We apologise sincerely for the disruption and assure passengers both Network Rail and Thames Water are working as hard as possible to restore the railway to full capacity."

TOPICS:   Travel

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