Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Eurostar service resumes after house collapses

Eurostar services have returned to normal after trains were disrupted due to a house collapsing in south London.
Routes between Bromley South and Shortlands were suspended and Eurostar trains to Brussels and Paris were unable to go in to or out of Waterloo.
The rail disruption was caused by the collapse of the semi-detached house in Ridley Road, Bromley, near the track on Tuesday. Fourteen homes were evacuated.
No-one was injured but a 40-metre exclusion zone has been set up.
Fire crews were called at 0430 BST on Tuesday when a family found their front door had become jammed.
Treated for shock
Within hours, two large cracks appeared in their house and the road, eventually causing the side of the property to cave in.
A police spokeswoman said the family was treated for shock.
Gas engineers were dealing with escaped gas while surveyors investigated the cause.
Early signs suggest the property may have collapsed as a result of subsidence.
A spokeswoman for Bromley Council said residents from all the evacuated homes were staying with friends or family.
As a result of the collapse, Eurostar passengers were being directed on to trains from Waterloo East station to Ashford International Station in Kent, where they could join the Channel Tunnel service.
But following huge queues, Eurostar later advised passengers against travelling to Ashford and said tickets could be exchanged for another date or refunded.

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