Giant hole disrupts Eastbourne rail passengers

Southern train PPP-160519-120213001
Southern train PPP-160519-120213001

Eastbourne commuters hoping to travel back from London Bridge this evening have been diverted to Victoria or East Croydon after a giant four metre deep hole opened up under the tracks.

The huge hole, just outside Forest Hill station, has mean that two lines into London Bridge are closed.

A Southern spokesperson said, “As a result, Southern services into and out of London Bridge are severely disrupted with many services diverted, starting/terminating short of their destinations or cancelled.

“These alterations will remain in place until the end of service today.

“Passengers are advised to use either Victoria or Blackfriars tonight. Southern tickets are being accepted on London Buses, London Underground, South West Trains, Southeastern and London Overground services on any reasonable route.

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

A Network Rail spokesperson added, “Earlier today a hole believed to be four metres deep was found in the Forest Hill area.

“More than 50 tonnes of ballast, which supports the track, is on its way to site to fill the hole and engineers will be working through the evening and throughout the night to try and fix the problem.

“There will be a reduced service this evening from London Bridge as people head home and we would encourage people to seek alternative routes if possible.

“Our aim is to have the railway fixed for tomorrow morning but holes like this can be unpredictable. Until the ballast is packed into the hole we won’t know for certain if the hole is stable or not so passengers are advised to check before they travel.”

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