Rush hour travel chaos: Euston station in central London evacuated and closed due to power cut caused by fire near rail tracks

 
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National Rail said it expected disruption until 8pm after Euston station was evacuated and closed due to a power cut caused by a fire next to the tracks at South Hampstead.

Virgin Trains, London Midland and London Overground services are affected, while the Northern and Victoria Lines were exit only.

Routes affected
London Midland between London Euston and Birmingham New Street / Crewe / Milton Keynes Central / Watford Junction

London Overground between London Euston and Watford Junction

Virgin Trains between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly / Liverpool Lime Street / Glasgow Central / Holyhead / Edinburgh

A Network Rail spokesperson said: "Trains are being delayed in to and out of London Euston due to a line side fire near South Hampstead which has damaged signalling equipment. Network Rail has engineers on site trying to restore services as soon as possible."

As a result of the fire the power supply to Euston station was temporarily cut. This led to the evacuation of the station. Customers will be let back in to the station shortly.

National Rail said the disruption is due to a power failure which "is causing disruption to trains to and from London Euston. Trains may be amended or cancelled". Disruption is expected to continue until approximately 15:45.

National Rail travel guidance

London Overground services are suspended between Harrow & Wealdstone and London Euston. You may use Chiltern Railways, London Midland, London Buses, London Underground, Thameslink and Southern to help you complete your journey.

London Midland customers may use Chiltern Railways, East Midlands Trains, Great Western Railway and also National Express West Midlands buses on reasonable routes.

Virgin Trains customers may use Chiltern Railways between London Marylebone and Birmingham Moor Street. East Midlands Trains and Virgin Trains East Coast on reasonable routes.

Rail replacement buses are being arranged to run between Milton Keynes Central/Luton Airport Parkway and London Euston. There is currently no estimate of when buses will arrive.

Victoria and Northern line Tube services are also affected.

The London Euston Twitter account posted pictures of the fire.

Meanwhile, commuters posted photos of the crowds outside the central London station.