Burst water main causes railway delays

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FLOODING is causing delays and cancellations on some rail services going in and out of London.

A burst water main has lead to a landslip in the South Croydon area, which has left the track under several feet of mud.

All lines are blocked between East Croydon and South Croydon so there are no trains running southbound from East Croydon at present.

This has caused short notice alterations, cancellations and delays of up to 70 minutes on Southern trains on the Brighton


Southern spokesman Chris Hudson said: ‘East Croydon station is extremely busy at the moment with very long queues waiting for replacement buses.

‘Passengers who need to travel south of East Croydon from London are advised not to travel from London Victoria, but to travel on South West Trains from London Waterloo via Havant for West Sussex stations, and on Southeastern trains from Charing Cross via Hastings for East Sussex stations.

‘Passengers for London from south of East Croydon are advised to make the same connections in reverse.

‘London Buses, Metrobus, London Underground, South West Trains, Southeastern, London Midland, First Great Western, Croydon Tramlink and First Capital Connect services are all accepting Southern tickets on all reasonable routes.’

For information about specific delays and cancellations visit southernrailway.com.