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Flooding underpass 'not an easy decision'

Croydon Council said its plan to use an underground footway in Purley to hold around 600,000 litres of water was approved after its "primary" pond at Purley Depot overflowed on Friday night.

This has not been an easy decision to take but it has become increasingly clear over the past few hours that we have no alternative if we are to protect people's homes and businesses from being flooded.

– CROYDON COUNCIL LEADER MIKE FISHER

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Water pumped into pedestrian underpass to protect homes

Water is being pumped into a pedestrian underpass in Croydon to protect around buildings under threat. The Purley Cross underpass will be turned into an emergency pond as hundreds of thousands of litres of water is pumped into the area.

Authorities hope the move will protect around 400 buildings which are under threat from flooding in Kenley and Purley. They are also trying to protect a water treatment works which supplies tens of thousands of homes.

Train deaths: Woman in 30s, child aged three

British Transport Police said that the woman killed after being hit by a train in south London was believed to be in her thirties.

Her son, who also died following the collision, is thought to have been three years old.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Iain Miller said:

Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the woman and child involved in this tragic incident.

Officers are continuing to work to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident, although early indications show that no one else was believed to have been involved.

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Network Rail: Line closed after fatal rail collision

Two people were struck by a train at Riddlesdown station just before 8.30am this morning.

The line is currently closed and replacement buses are being used.

British Transport Police are at the station and we will reopen the railway as soon as possible.

Passengers should check National Rail Enquiries before travelling.

– Network Rail

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Woman and child declared dead at station

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said:

"BTP officers were called to Riddlesdown rail station in Purley on Friday, 22 March after a report that a woman and a child had been struck by a train.

"The incident was reported to BTP at 8.29am and was also attended by Metropolitan Police officers.

"Medics from the London Ambulance Service also attended, but a woman and a child were declared dead at the scene.

"The station has been temporarily closed while officers and medics deal with the incident.

"Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances, and a file will be prepared for the Coroner."