'Station leak won't be fixed for a week'

Water was seeping through the roof of Epsom station this afternoon

The Queen Elizabeth Foundation charity shop, in Epsom High Street, has been flooded

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Water seeping through the roof of Epsom station will not be fixed until a cherry picker crane arrives next week.

Buckets were spotted on the floor of the station this afternoon as puddles of water built up around them.

A spokesman for Southern trains, which runs the station, said it is not a leak and has been caused by guttering becoming blocked by debris from the heavy rain and bad weather.

He said: “Just above the entrance to the station is a large glass canopy which slopes towards the station and behind that there is guttering.

“The guttering gets blocked, and has with leaves and detritus because of the bad weather. 

“It has had to be cleared once before but it’s a major operation and requires a cherry picker to be there and pick the stuff out.”

The spokesman said there was no fixed date as to when the blockage would be cleared by the crane but that it would happen “sometime in the next week”.

A £20m redevelopment of Epsom station was completed last year which revamped the station’s ticket hall, facade, car park, waiting shelters, toilets and cycle storage.

In Epsom High Street, the heavy rainfall of the last week has also taken its toll.  The Queen Elizabeth Foundation charity shop had a sign up saying it was “closed due to flooding”.

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8:21pm Fri 3 Jan 14

EwellMan says...

Bad Design and as usual the train companies trying to blame anyone or anything else. Lets face facts your train ticket price will just go up next year to pay for idiots within the train companies making bad decisions like the design of Epsom Station.
Bad Design and as usual the train companies trying to blame anyone or anything else. Lets face facts your train ticket price will just go up next year to pay for idiots within the train companies making bad decisions like the design of Epsom Station. EwellMan
  • Score: 5

9:00pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

"Wrong kind of rain" said a spokesman. If they didn't, they will soon.
"Wrong kind of rain" said a spokesman. If they didn't, they will soon. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 4

9:56pm Fri 3 Jan 14

cynical me says...

didn't take long!

But what do you expect when you try and patch up and old concrete building that had been falling into decline for the past cpl of decades.

I doubt they will ever make that old ticket hall 100% water tight.
didn't take long! But what do you expect when you try and patch up and old concrete building that had been falling into decline for the past cpl of decades. I doubt they will ever make that old ticket hall 100% water tight. cynical me
  • Score: 3

8:17pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Ian Docwra says...

Appalling design - the entrance area has repeatedly flooded in heavy rain since it was built - what a shambles!! The development company (Solum) is just after a quick profit from cheap and shoddy design and construction.
Appalling design - the entrance area has repeatedly flooded in heavy rain since it was built - what a shambles!! The development company (Solum) is just after a quick profit from cheap and shoddy design and construction. Ian Docwra
  • Score: 6

10:26pm Sun 5 Jan 14

EwellMan says...

Gaurantee you if this was anything to do with collecting money it would be fixed in hours, because it involved distruption to passengers they dont care and wont spend the money.
Gaurantee you if this was anything to do with collecting money it would be fixed in hours, because it involved distruption to passengers they dont care and wont spend the money. EwellMan
  • Score: 2

8:05am Wed 15 Jan 14

sfocata says...

Another week until a cherry-picker arrives? Privatisation of the rail system still going well, I see...
Another week until a cherry-picker arrives? Privatisation of the rail system still going well, I see... sfocata
  • Score: 0

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