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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 May 2007, 08:20 GMT 09:20 UK
Railway reopens after fire chaos
Railway arches (Picture by Canvasmag.co.uk)
The fire started at a workshop under railway arches
Train services in and out of London Bridge station are operating normally after a trackside fire in south London caused chaos for travellers.

One man was injured in the fire which broke out in a workshop in Bermondsey on Wednesday morning.

Train services were suspended and an exclusion zone was set up around the railway arches where the fire started.

The cordon was lifted in time for the morning rush hour, although there were warnings of "minimal" disruption.

London Bridge, Charing Cross, Cannon Street and Waterloo East stations have resumed normal services.

'Near-normal' services

Fire chiefs have given the Bermondsey area "all clear", the Southeastern train company said.

A spokeswoman for Southeastern Trains said services were "near normal".

"Some trains, however, have had to be cancelled and some do not have as many carriages as normal so there will be some delays," she added.

At its height up to 40 firefighters tackled the blaze which started in railway arches in Blue Anchor Lane at about 1000 BST on Wednesday.

Police were sent to other south London stations to control large crowds of commuters seeking different routes home.

The incident, just over a mile away from London Bridge, took place underneath the line to the station.

The injured man was taken to hospital but is not thought to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

St James's Road was closed and up to 50 people were evacuated from their homes.


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