Hole under track causes commuter mayhem

Credit: Richard

Credit: Richard

Commuters in South London still face delays after a sink-hole opened yesterday under the railway tracks at Forest Hill station.

The 13-foot hole has caused disruptions and cancellations affecting the southern and overground services between London Bridge and East Croydon.

The trains were suspended as a result and people were advised to take alternative routes.

Although tickets are being accepted at stations, London Overground services were not running between Crystal Palace and New Cross Gate.

As for commuters going to London Bridge, they were advised to take buses or travel through Victoria or Blackfrairs.

Although the hole was expected to be fixed by this morning (July 19), it has not as the repair team is still working on it and delays are expected continue all day today.

The disruptions and diversions left many passengers unhappy and some took to social media to vent out their frustration.

Stephen Siu tweeted: “can’t make it up really. Has anyone released a book on Southern excuses?”

Others tried to look at the funny side of the story:

Paul Bell, Labour Councillor for Telegraph Hill in Lewisham, tweeted: “No Overground to and from Brockley as sink hole opened at Forest Hill. Usual chaos on Southern, no change”.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “Our engineers are on site investigating a hole which has appeared next to the track at Forest Hill.

“As a result, two of the four railway lines in the area have been closed for safety reasons.”

Delays by London transport have been under criticism in the past for reasons like slippery rain, leaves on tracks and excess sunlight.

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