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Ice age size icicles delay Southern Rail trains

The freezing conditions create awe inspiring national wonders.

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They look like something from a Hollywood film.  Giant icicles, one as long as eight feet, hanging from the ceiling of the Balcombe tunnel.

As a result the trains heading through the tunnels are running slower than normal.

A spokesperson for Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express, said:

“We’re running our services more slowly than usual through Balcombe Tunnel on the Brighton mainline into London because large icicles have formed, one as long as eight feet. This is delaying trains by about 10 minutes.

Staff are on site to monitor the situation.”

Photo courtesy of Network Rail

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Why was Crawley and Ifield Avenue closed last night?

Just before 8pm last night (13th Dec) drivers reported being diverted as they approached the roundabout.

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(Image: Google Street View)

At around 7:45 pm police closed Crawley Avenue and Ifield Avenue.

A man was seen threatening to jump from the road bridge.

Police and ambulances arrived on the scene and quickly secured the area by closing the roads and diverting traffic.  Many reported buses having to detour through Ifield.

The man was eventually detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

The road was reopened at 8pm.

The man has now been passed into the care of health professionals.

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