OREANDA-NEWS. August 17, 2016. The leak was discovered and following discussions with emergency services and National Grid, electricity was switched off to limit the risk of igniting the leaked gas. National Grid has fixed the leak and the line reopened at 3pm.

Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “We were alerted to a gas leak near the railway at Brimsdown station in Enfield in the early hours of this morning and were asked by emergency services to close the railway between Cheshunt and Tottenham Hale. National Grid fixed the leak this afternoon and the line reopened at 3pm. There will be some residual delays while train services get back to normal. I’d like to thank passengers whose journeys were disrupted for their patience.”

During the incident, Network Rail diverted train services in and out of Liverpool Street via Seven Sisters.

The incident affected train services from London Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport, Hertford East, Cambridge and Kings Lynn.

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Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 36,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.

About the Railway Upgrade Plan

The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's ?40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:

  • longer, faster more frequent trains;
  • better, more reliable infrastructure; and
  • better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.