Fire causes commuter chaos
London-bound services in disarray after line closed
COMMUTERS at Ashford faced chaos when they arrived at the International Station last Thursday to hear that services into London had been severely disrupted.
Fire crews closed the railway line into London Bridge after a fire broke out at an industrial site in Deptford, in the early hours.
There were fears gas cylinders could explode, so all Southeastern services were diverted via Victoria and Blackfriars while investigations took place.
Southeastern spokesman, Nigel Jarrett, said all services were back to normal on Friday morning.
“We were given possession of the line again at around lunchtime on Thursday,” he said.
“We had to run trains with caution for a while because smoke was still drifting across the tracks. The main problem was fear of exploding gas cylinders, but the London Fire Brigade advised us after carefully investigating, that there was no danger of that happening and they lifted their exclusion zones.
“Because of the disruption in the morning, our rolling stock was all over the place, so we had to pull everything together again, and by about 4pm we had largely resumed normal services.”
Mr Jarrett said Southeastern was sorry for any disruption caused to passengers, but it was beyond their control, and added staff had pulled together to get services back to normal.
Some 200 people were evacuated from their homes when the two-storey warehouse at Deptford went up in flames.
Ashford International Station where passengers faced a nightmare journey into London on Thursday