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Rail disruption caused by Farringdon flooding continues on Thameslink line

PUBLISHED: 11:33 26 January 2015 | UPDATED: 12:25 26 January 2015

The flooding on the Thameslink line in the Clerkenwell Tunnel

The flooding on the Thameslink line in the Clerkenwell Tunnel

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Flooding in a Farringdon railway tunnel is continuing to cause problems for commuters today.

A 16 inch water main burst in the tunnel between St Pancras International and Farringdon on Friday, leaving more than 50,000 litres of water gushing onto the tracks since then.

Train services between the two stations have been completely suspended and disruption on the remainder of the line is expected to last until at least the end of today.

Network Rail has been working throughout the weekend to pump out the water while Thames Water attempts to fix the leak, but yesterday the flood was three feet deep and also causing a risk to safety equipment and infrastructure which needs to be checked.

There are currently two trains per hour calling at all stations between Bedford and St Pancras International, as well as two trains each hour which are calling at West Hampstead Thameslink and all stations between St Albans and Bedford. No trains will be calling at Kentish Town until 3.30pm.

Meanwhile, southbound trains will depart Blackfriars for Sevenoaks at 12 and 42 minutes past the hour, and on the hour and 30 minutes past in the other direction.

A Thames Water spokesman said: “We’re really sorry to commuters who have had disruptions to their journeys today. And we would also like to apologise to any of our customers who have experienced interruptions to their water supply.

“We have been working around the clock this weekend, with help from Thameslink, Network Rail and Transport for London, to fix the leak as fast as possible while keeping our customers in supply at the same time. Any customers who may be experiencing difficulty with their water supply should call us on 0800 316 9800.”

A spokesman for Govia Thameslink Railway, which operates Thameslink services, said: “The disruption caused by the burst Thames Water water main near Farringdon has been hugely frustrating for passengers and railway staff alike but in the interests of safety we have to follow the advice of Network Rail and not run through the area.

“We are doing all we can to help passengers on our reduced service with alternative transport arranged with other operators and rail replacement buses where possible. However, on a working weekday, a problem like this is bound to cause significant disruption and we can only apologise.

“Anyone who has been delayed by 30 minutes or more can claim compensation via our website.”

Passengers are urged to check the we Thameslink websitefor the latest information.

A video of a train passing through the flood can be viewed here.


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