Southwark station closed: Dramatic flooding and residents without running water as burst water main sparks chaos

Sean Morrison, Harriet Brewis

A busy London Tube station has been closed after being hit by dramatic flooding sparked by a burst water main.

Southwark Underground station, which serves the Jubilee line, was shut on Tuesday morning as firefighters battled to stem the flow of water and evacuate residents from surrounding homes.

Footage from the scene showed torrents of water streaming through the streets outside the busy transport hub shortly after 5am.

A burst water main sparked flooding at Southwark station on Tuesday morning: Ayodele Olurin/ Twitter

Commuters using the station were urged to use Waterloo station to access the Underground.

A large section of Blackfriars Road has been shut between Southwark Street and The Cut due to the flooding.

Twitter users have shared dramatic footage of the incident, while residents across south-east London have complained of having no running water.


“Crazy scenes outside Southwark tube station this morning. Water pouring out of the ground!” commented another.

“Drama at Southwark this morning. 8ft sink hole,” wrote another.

"Woke up with no water - best way to get this rectified?" another user asked Thames Water, as scores of homeowners reported being hit.

A London Fire Brigade (LFB) spokeswoman told the Standard three of its crews were working alongside police and Thames Water at the scene.

She said: “LFB got a call from police at 5.09am on Tuesday morning following a burst main pipe.

“Our crews are working to assist with the evacuation of residential properties and using sandbags to stem the flow of water.

“We understand the issue has ruptured a section of roadway outside Southwark Underground station, and a 30x30m section of The Cut has now been cordoned off.

“We have three station commanders with pumping appliances on the scene, and may need to engage in pumping residential properties if the situation persists.”

The spokeswoman added: “I’m not sure if the affected roadway includes the cycle superhighway, but I know how many cyclists use the path every day, so that could spark major issues for commuters this morning."