Thursday, 7 June 2012

Central Line suspension to continue on Thursday?

Current indications are that the suspension of the Central Line suspension will continue and affect travel on the Central Line in East London on Thursday 7th June.
  • As at 11:30pm, the Central Line remains suspended between Bethnal Green and Leytonstone. 
  • If the work required to the flooded tunnel is not completed overnight, travel via Mile End Station is likely to be very disrupted in the rush hour.  
  • There were very long delays for replacement bus services at Stratford last night.
The Central Line was suspended after a ventilation shaft in Wick Lane in Bow was flooded by a burst 24" water main.  Thames Water are having difficulty fixing it as the pipe is encased in concrete.

Commuters trying to get home faced very long delays on Wednesday evening.

This is the official TfL message - from the part of their website which highlights current works
Central Line:  Suspended between Leytonstone and Bethnal Green due to a burst water main causing flooding at Stratford. Rail replacement buses operate. Severe delays are occurring on the rest of the line.

London Underground tickets are valid on London Buses, Greater Anglia and First Great Western.

Replacement buses operate between Mile End and Leytonstone via Stratford and between Stratford and Leytonstone via Leyton.

Replan your journey
This is the report from London 24Delays for commuters after Stratford station flooded
Nigel Holness, from London Underground, said the suspension was likely to be in place for some time.
He said: “Customers are advised in the meantime to use alternative routes to complete their journeys and check the TfL website for up to the minute travel information.”

A Thames Water spokesman said: “We are currently working really hard to repair a pipe that has burst in Wick Lane causing disruption to the Central Line.
“The burst happened on a 24-inch pipe which was under going planned work to fix a leak. This pipe is encased in concrete making the work particularly tricky. We’re really sorry for the disruption this is causing.”

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