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Half a million litres of water pumped from train tunnel

A spokesman for train operator Thameslink says more than half a million litres of water have been pumped from a rail tunnel between Farringdon and St Pancras stations.

Travellers faced severe disruption this morning cased by flooding in the tunnel after a watermain burst on Friday.

A normal service is expected to run tomorrow.

Stuart Cheshire, Passenger Service Director for Thameslink, said: "After four days of disruption we're pleased to confirm that we will be able to operate to our normal timetable tomorrow.

"This has been incredibly frustrating for everyone and I would like to thank our passengers for their patience as well as railway staff for all their hard work."

Network Rail: Farringdon flood water has been cleared

Engineers at work in the tunnel. Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail have said that the floodwater in a tunnel between Farringdon and St Pancras has been pumped out but normal Thameslink train services will not resume today. Engineers are now checking that the signalling system in the tunnel has not been damaged and the track is still stable.

Network Rail said normal services are expected to restart tomorrow morning but is advising passengers to check before they leave home. The flooding was caused by a burst water main.


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