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London Underground: The Tube station people thought stank of sick for a long time

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Tube stations aren’t the nicest places.

They’re underground, stuffy, and each day collect dirt from thousands of sweaty, stressed, Londoners.

Some are nicer than others, but on the whole, they’re rank.

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But some of them are grosser than others, and one station held the gross title for quite a while.

Passengers travelling at Kennington Station said the station was “vile”, “disgusting”, and smelt like somebody had barfed.

According to Transport for London (TfL), the smell is “the result of ground water leaking into the tunnel, and mixing with stone which had previously been contaminated with sewage.”

TfL’s website reads: said: “The sewage contamination is now being actively managed, and whilst the smell is unpleasant, tests have shown that there is nothing hazardous in the air.

“In order to mitigate the impact of the smell in the short-term, TfL has cleared standing water, and arranged for the area to be regularly treated with detergent.

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“TfL will also improve the drainage in this area, with this work expected to be completed by autumn this year. Contaminated rail ballast in this area will also be replaced. This work is currently out for tender, and further information on expected timescales will be available once a contractor has been appointed.”

The station, which sits on Kennington Park Road in Kennington, south London, was opened in 1892, and still has much of its original design.

But that’s not the only Underground in the city that’s packing a pungent pong.

A few years back people were saying that Victoria Station stank of roast beef – particularly at the District Line platform.

Suffice it to say theories started flying round left, right, and centre, trying to explain the cause of the stench.

One theorist said: “I’m pretty sure Burger King vent their kitchens onto this platform intentionally and then put adverts up on the station.”

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