South Croydon mudslide causes disruption in 5 railway lines

August 2nd, 2011 - 9:22 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Croydon, Aug 2 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Workers are still at the site of the mudslide in South Croydon that caused five railway lines to be closed. Partial rail service was resumed on Monday when two of the five lines were reopened by Network Rail which operates the affected lines.

Officials say the mudslide was caused by a burst pipe which runs beneath the rails at a depth of 4.5m. Emergency workers were still at the scene on Tuesday working on clearing the debris from the railway lines. A spokesperson of Network Rail said the company has managed to remove thousands of tons of debris from the affected railways and they are still working on removing the remaining debris as well.

The burst pipe served about 15,000 customers of Thames Water. The company announced that supplies to those customers have since been restored. The affected pipe was 305mm in diameter.

Rails services linking London and Gatwick have been greatly affected because those lines have not yet been restored.

The spokesperson of Network Rail told reporters that, “Thames Water has shut off the water main and the flow of water onto the railway has stopped. Our focus is now on removing the significant amount of debris which has been washed onto the tracks and to get trains running as soon as is safe.”

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