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Human waste spills on walkway at Sussex railway station
10:00am Thursday 14th February 2013 in News
Passengers were left holding their noses after human waste leaked onto a walkway at a railway station.
Commuters had to shuffle past a pile of human waste on the subway in Three Bridges station.
The waste pile , which rail passengers described as giving off a “blood-curdling smell” and spread across the path, was left for more than 12 hours after contractors failed to deal with it correctly.
The problem was first reported at 4.20pm on Monday, February 11 when the drainage system underneath the subway at Three Bridges station backed up, ejecting an amount of waste onto the floor.
The area was immediately cordoned off by station staff and a contractor was called to deal with the situation.
Unfortunately, when the contractor arrived, the waste was covered with sanitising materials which failed to remove it.
The contractor returned to the station early on Tuesday morning (February 12) to clear the drain which finally resolved the problem.
The station is currently undergoing extensive work to transform the site into one of 14 national nerve centres for the rail network.
A Southern spokesman said it was not believed the drainage problem was linked to these improvement works.
A Southern spokesman said: “We would like to apologise to passengers who had to endure a less than fragrant walk into and out of the station subway, and can assure them that at no time was there any risk to their health.”
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