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Trains back to normal after flooding

PUBLISHED: 10:44 30 January 2015 | UPDATED: 10:44 30 January 2015

Passengers posted photos of trains driving through several feet of water outside Farringdon (Picture: Network Rail)

Passengers posted photos of trains driving through several feet of water outside Farringdon (Picture: Network Rail)

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A FULL Thameslink train service is reported to be running between St Pancras and Farringdon again following flooding in a railway tunnel under Clerkenwell.

More than one million litres of water have been pumped from the tunnel in central London since a 16-inch Thames Water main burst last Friday and another series of leaks was discovered on Tuesday.

Some of Thameslink’s trains have been damaged by the floodwater which will lead to some shorter trains and possible cancellations.

Network Rail’s route managing director Phil Verster said: “This has been a very difficult week for passengers and I can only apologise for the disruption. We have had joint teams working around the clock to address the impact of the floodwater, trying to keep trains moving. We are also working closely with Thames Water to investigate how such incidents can be managed in the future.

“We are now in a position to run trains again and will be working with Thameslink to bring a full service back for tomorrow morning.

“I am very grateful for passengers’ understanding and patience during this week.”

Checks on Thameslink’s fleet show that water has damaged five of its 121-strong fleet trains with water in the axles and various electrical components. While not safety related, they have been taken out of service for repair which may lead to shorter trains and possible cancellations. Checks are now being carried out on the rest of the fleet.

Passengers can claim compensation for delays at thameslinkrailway.com/delayrepay.

For journey information please go to www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thameslinkrailway.com

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