Commuter horror as 50ft sinkhole opens up right underneath the track

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There are some serious commuter woes in London as a 50ft sinkhole opened up directly beneath a train track.

Southern Rail said its London-bound services had been blocked after the hole opened up at Forest Hill on Monday, and the line is expecting the effects to last all day as it carries out repairs.

Could not be in a more awkward place...
Could not be in a more awkward place... (Network Rail/PA)

The train line said it would be running a limited service between London Bridge and East Croydon, with some trains using a diverted route.

Route-users are looking at delays of at least 40 minutes this evening.

And it's fair to say that, especially considering the heatwave, they are not happy...

Some people are REALLY not happy...

While some users have added the sinkhole to a long list of gripes they have with Southern, others have accepted there isn't a whole lot you can do about this one...

Meanwhile, those who have managed to avoid the disaster are sending messages of encouragement and support (sort of) to people still yet to attempt the dreaded journey...

Southern Rail has been issuing regular updates on its website and social media accounts, recommending alternative routes people can take to avoid the delays and get to their destinations.

But it looks to be a stressful commute all round as alternatives involve some of the city's busiest stations, such as Victoria.

London Overground routes won't be of help either as it has cancelled all services between New Cross Gate and Crystal Palace/West Croydon due to the sinkhole.

Southern has confirmed that pre-bought tickets will be accepted elsewhere and anyone likely to be affected should check southernrailway.com for updates and advice.