A major blaze at a waste transfer station caused chaos to Monday morning commuters, with Eurostar and Network Rail both suspending services.
The fire at the Veolia Environmental Services (VES)-owned site on Waldo Road, Bromley led Eurostar to warn commuters not to travel if possible with all services suspended to and from London Waterloo.
In all, thousands of passengers had their journeys disrupted, with the fire near Bromley South Station closing one of the busiest lines in south east England.
However, while the railway line was reported to have been closed due to fears that gas canisters in the 50 tonnes of burning rubbish could explode, officials suggest this was just a precaution.
Speaking on behalf of VES, Bromley Council communications advisor Andrew Rogers said: “There were no gas canisters in the rubbish, but with the exact cause of the blaze uncertain, the fire brigade rightly took precautions before moving the exclusion zone at lunchtime on Monday May 15.”
Waldo Road operates not only as a civic amenity site, but is also the London Borough of Bromley’s main depot, with fleet operations and contractors also working from the site.
While the site is still closed to members of the public pending the okay from structural engineers, collections have largely been unaffected and have been operating out of the council’s other site at Churchfields Road.
Rogers added: “While things are a lot easier for the council after the lifting of the exclusion zone, residents still face severe disruptions.
“But we anticipate opening again very quickly, maybe Wednesday (May 17). It is fairly serious in terms of damage and the like, but we should be able to open and operate most services fairly quickly.”