Friday, 6 May 2016

Chaos in London, as wildfire breaks at Vauxhall station

The Sun UK reports that thousands of London commuters have been plunged into travel dispensary  yesterday after a major fire broke out at Vauxhall station. 

It was gathered that passengers have been urged to only travel if “absolutely necessary” by South West Trains, whose service is severely disrupted. 

Commuters were left stranded at stations across the network, with those who did manage to get on a train saying services were “dangerously full”.

Firefighters were called to the busy travel hub at 2.39am and have been battling the blaze, which has not yet been extinguished, ever since. Trains in and out of Vauxhall and Waterloo have been disrupted as the blaze affected electrical cabling. 

Power to the tracks has been switched off and passengers have been warned to check the latest travel. 

South West Trains said it had limited services and asked travellers to use alternative routes to the city. Tickets will be accepted on Southern, Great Western Railway and Transport for London services. The disruption is expected to continue until 10am, with trains to Vauxhall being cancelled, delayed by up to 60 minutes or revised.

South West is only able to use five out of eight main lines and will “be running a very limited service until all lines are reopened”. 

Trains between London Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside, Hounslow and Twickenham and Kingston and Richmond are affected and will either terminate or start at Clapham Junction. 

Trains from Farnham to London Waterloo via Ascot services departing at 21 and 51 minutes past will not run and neither will services from Shepperton to London Waterloo via Twickenham departing at 00 and 30 minutes past.

Services between London Waterloo and Portsmouth stations may start and terminate at Woking and Guildford and trains between London Waterloo and Salisbury and Exeter St Davids will start and terminate at Basingstoke. 

London Waterloo to Reading and London Waterloo to Weybridge services will run as scheduled in both directions. The train company said some suburban lines may also suffer disruptions. 

Peeved commuters shared their frustrations on social media, with Stuart Rawlings quipping: “Lol South West trains advising to use other routes into London than via Vauxhall. Yea right.” 

Ben Justice said: “Absolute train chaos this morning. Not a single train running thanks to fire in Vauxhall. Waiting to see if the situation will change.”

Jason Leith added: “I love a bit of train chaos in the morning. Really wakes you up and gets your blood pumping! #Vauxhall.” 

However some saw the bright side in the situation, with Twitter user DF McC saying: “Hmm – hampered by @SW_Trains and #Vauxhall. No alternative route at moment = no work ;)” 

Gemma M added: “Does work count as “absolutely necessary”? If only, I’d love a sofa day! #Vauxhall #Fire.” 

London Fire Brigade station manager John Ryan said: “Once the power was isolated firefighters quickly got to work to tackle the fire. 

“We’re currently assessing how much electrical cabling has been affected and damping down pockets of fire.

“The fire will impact on travel this morning and we’d ask people to check before they travel.” The Fire Brigade said the cause of the fire was being investigated. 

Source- UK Sun

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