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Trains run after bridge accident


People suffered transport chaos.

Some rail services have resumed at London's Liverpool Street after falling debris caused the suspension of all services using the station.

Thousands of commuters have faced major delays after debris from construction work on a bridge fell onto the tracks on Wednesday night.

Rail operator National Express East Anglia said some services had resumed but warned of continuing delays.

The Stansted Express service is not running but buses have been laid on.

A spokesman for National Express East Anglia said one train hit the debris but no-one was hurt.

Worker inspects Liverpool Street bridge
A support jack collapsed throwing debris on the line

Three trains were prevented from entering the station and 300 passengers had to walk along tracks to Bethnal Green following the incident.

The 1,300 tonne bridge had been inched across existing railway tracks using hydraulic rams, as part of the East London Line extension into Shoreditch.

A TfL spokesman said: "The contractors were jacking up the bridge.

"The jack collapsed and debris from the supports for the bridge fell onto the tracks. We are investigating the incident."

National Express East Anglia said it hoped to have a full service running in time for the evening rush hour.

A replacement bus service is operating on the Stansted Express line.


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