Southern Railway advises passengers to avoid London Bridge after another hole found near Forest Hill

News Desk (04 August, 2016) Transport

A similar hole was also discovered beneath the tracks on July 18

10762Photo by Network Rail of first sink hole which appeared on the Forest Hill track on July 18.

Southern and Thameslink passengers are being advised to avoid using London Bridge this evening after another hole was found underneath the railway tracks near Forest Hill Train Station.

This means services into London Bridge is severely reduced while Network Rail repairs and fills the hole with ballast.

Passengers are advised to use either Victoria or Blackfriars tonight. Southern tickets are being accepted on London Buses, London Underground, Southeastern and Tramlink between Beckenham Junction and Croydon.

Network Rail’s acting area director, Robert Coulson, said: “Our engineers are continuing to work at the site of the hole at Forest Hill but we are now expecting disruption to trains for the rest of today.

“I’m really sorry that passengers have had to put up with this disruption today and I know that people are upset and will want to know we are doing everything we can to return their railway to them.”

Southern services travelling towards London Bridge are unable to call at Norwood Junction, Anerley, Penge West, Sydenham, Forest Hill, Honor Oak Park, Brockley, and New Cross Gate.

Customers for these stations will need to travel to London Bridge first and change there for services to these locations. Trains towards London Bridge may be diverted via Tulse Hill to avoid the affected line, which will add up to 20 minutes to your journey time. Some cancellations are also expected between Purley and Caterham.

Uckfield and East Grinstead services will run as normal from London Bridge but may experience delays.

Thameslink services that run between London Bridge and Brighton are running between Gatwick Airport and Brighton only. Thameslink services are running normally between Brighton and Bedford.

London Overground services are unable to run between New Cross Gate and Crystal Palace/West Croydon.

Disruption is expected to continue until end of service.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk.

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