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Work at Lewisham station completed

Commuters who have had their journeys disrupted over the last month have been thanked for their patience after Network Rail completed repair work at Lewisham, allowing normal services to resume.

A number of trains had to be diverted from their normal routes over the last month after Network Rail took emergency action to remove a damaged piece of railway. The ‘diamond crossing’ as it is known, allows trains to cross from one track to another where a number of routes meet at Lewisham.

The unique layout of the tracks at Lewisham meant a bespoke replacement had to be fabricated at a specialist steelworks in Scunthorpe before being installed on Friday night.

“We have really appreciated everyone’s patience this month and I understand what an impact the changed timetable has had on people. Keeping passengers safe is our top priority and that’s why we had to replace the damaged piece of railway. I’m pleased for everyone who relies on the railway that services have returned to normal.”

– Network Rail’s area director for Kent, Ellie Burrows

“We’re pleased that the damaged equipment at Lewisham has been repaired and that we’re now able to run a full service through the area. We’ve worked closely with our colleagues at Network Rail to ensure that the repair could be carried out as soon as possible. I’m grateful to all of our passengers for their patience over the past few weeks and pleased that we’ll be able to offer a better level of service on the route now that this work is complete.”

– Southeastern managing director, David Statham

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Cat who went missing last year shows up in Scotland!

Pablo the cat Credit: CP Library

A cat from Lewisham, who ended up over four-hundred miles away in Scotland, is being reunited with his owner in Sussex today.

Pablo went missing last year but thanks to his microchip, his owners were identified and he is being flown back home.

Tracy Shiells, Regional Development Manager at Cats Protection in North Scotland said, "We have learned that a lady living in Lewisham mistook Pablo for a stray and took him into her home. She then moved to Rosyth in the last few weeks, bringing Pablo and her other cat with her."