Rail fire sparks commuter chaos

PUBLISHED: 16:58 04 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:39 25 August 2010

A MAJOR fire that ripped through a railway bridge brought chaos to commuters.

A MAJOR fire that ripped through a railway bridge brought chaos to commuters.

Commuters from south-east London and north Kent suffered huge delays due to the blaze on Debnams Road near London Bridge station yesterday (Wednesday).

Network Rail was forced to close the station as 10 fire engines, called at 3.43am, fought to control the blaze for several hours.

British Transport Police and the Met were called in to aid commuters and keep public order as thousands of rail users were forced to make alternative travel plans.

The chaos was made worse by a defective DLR train at Greenwich preventing passengers using alternative routes and over-crowding.

Lines five and six were reopened at 10.35am, lines one to four were out of action until the afternoon when London Fire Brigade were expected to give the all-clear.

Southern ran a reduced service into London Bridge. First Capital Connect services were diverted via Herne Hill and were not calling at London Bridge.

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