TRAINS on the east coast main line in eastern Edinburgh were severely disrupted today after a 7ft deep sink hole appeared beside tracks at Craigentinny.
All ScotRail, East Coast and CrossCountry trains were halted for two hours before a limited service was resumed using one of the lines around 6pm.
Passengers were transferred to buses.
It is not yet known what caused the 13ft-long hole to open beside a boundary wall, which was spotted at 3:30pm.
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Network Rail said repairs could take until tomorrow.
Its engineers were last night filling the hole with 20 tonnes of stones in wire baskets, topped with six tonnes of ballast
A spokesman said: “It is having a big effect on trains.”
Services affected included trains to and from London, Birmingham, Dunbar, North Berwick and Newcraighall.
A ScotRail spokeswoman said: “Due to a sink hole near the line in the Craigentinny area, some services have been suspended for safety reasons.
“We are working with Network Rail to re-open the line as soon as it is safe to do so.
“Alternative transport is in place for customers, and we apologise for any
inconvenience caused by circumstances outwith our control.”