Passengers had a lucky escape after a bus they had been traveling on started to sink in to the ground outside a railway station.
All of those onboard had disembarked at Redhill , when the sinkhole started to open up under the Southdown PSV vehicle on Monday afternoon (May 29).
The tarmac collapse occurred in the bus and taxi area of the station at around 5.30pm.
A vehicle recovery firm were called by Southdown to get the bus out of the hole.
Steve Walllis, managing director of Southdown, said: “I can confirm that a double deck vehicle operated by Southdown was unable to move after a small sink hole developed whilst waiting at Redhill Station on Rail replacement duties.
“No passengers were on board at the time”
Darren Clark, owner of Clark Motor Engineering, which attended the incident, said: “We got called from Southdown PSV saying a hole has developed and the bus is rapidly sinking.
“It was a big hole – very deep as well, about five or six foot deep.”
The vehicle recovery team managed to remove the vehicle from the hole.
Mr Clark: “We’ve got these specialist high pressure air cushions that we put underneath the vehicle and lift it. Then we just pulled it out with the tow truck.”
“There were a few scratches caused on the side [of the bus], but all was good.
“The bus was in the hole and people were still trying to get on it,” he laughed
Mr Clark said it is not often he and his team have to “rescue” buses.
“We’ve done a few [buses] before but it’s very rare,” he explained.
National Rail have been contacted for a comment.