Commuters needing to get in and out of London Bridge from Eastbourne, are being advised to avoid it this evening (18 July), after a hole was found underneath the railway tracks at Forest Hill.
As a result, the two lines into London Bridge are closed and Southern services are severely disrupted, with many diverted, starting or terminating short of their destinations or cancelled. The alterations will remain in place until the end of the day.
Passengers are being advised to use either Victoria or Blackfriars tonight, with Southern tickets being accepted on London Buses, London Underground, South West Trains, Southeastern and London Overground services on any reasonable route.
Until 10pm tonight, trains between London Bridge and Eastbourne will run from either London Victoria or East Croydon.
A Network Rail spokesperson said, “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.”
Southeastern passengers are not affected by this incident.