Published: Tue, July 19, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Sinkhole at Forest Hill railway causes disruption across south London

Southern services from East Croydon to London Bridge, which also pass through the station, have also been suspended.

Danny Leamon, Thames Water's senior operations manager, said it was too early to know whether the sewer pipe is the cause of the sinkhole.

"Network Rail engineers have been working with our counterparts at Thames Water throughout the night to identify and fix this problem as quickly and as safely as possible".

Trains from East Grinstead, Caterham, Tattenham Corner and Uckfield are expected to run but will not call at stations between Norwood Junction and London Bridge via Forest Hill.

Frustrated passengers have taken to Twitter after many became subject to delays and cancellations, with many highlighting the disruption that has recently plagued Southern Rail services after the network was hit by staff shortages and strikes, leading to an "emergency timetable" being put in place that saw 15 per cent of trains cancelled.

"Mainline train services which normally operate from Eastbourne, Littlehampton or Bognor Regis to London Bridge are expected to be cancelled".

A Network Rail spokesman said: "A hole next to the railway line has appeared near Forest Hill". Further details will 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'.

He told the Croydon Guardian: "We're acutely aware of the importance of this rail route".

Trains will most likely be unable to run through Forest Hill all day after a 13ft hole emerged, revealing a collapsed sewer underneath the line.

"We are not now able to estimate when the line will reopen however we now expect a complete closure until at least mid afternoon today".

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