It was mayhem outside Oxford Circus station yesterday as more than a thousand people were stranded outside the station.
Londoners were swarming like bees in a beehive after a Victoria line train broke down. This led to arguments and rows breaking out among commuters.
However, Transport for London said that the scenes were “nothing out of the ordinary”.
TfL operations director Peter McNaught told the Standard: “Due to the vast crowds that often visit the West End we sometimes have to temporarily close the station to ensure customer safety and prevent overcrowding on the platforms. Sorry to those who got caught up or delayed.”
Commuters caught up in the mad rush obviously didn’t agree. Here’s what they said on Twitter:
6.19 every evening. Oxford Circus closed. Useful. pic.twitter.com/fdBXz6bZlJ
— delcrookes (@hairydel) March 5, 2015
Oxford Circus underground station shut due to overcrowding. Reminds me why I’d never live in London pic.twitter.com/KTGMAXoy31
— Kevin Murphy-Steele (@RapidAssistant) March 5, 2015
Can’t wait to get out there NOT!!! #oxfordcircus#centrallondon#london#oxfordstreet#thursday#shoppingpic.twitter.com/bs5UXK5P7o
— Estela Drakic (@EssiChic) March 5, 2015
I wouldn’t try getting on the Tube at Oxford Circus, if I were you… pic.twitter.com/CTZeUn7IC7
— Kevin Rawlinson (@KevinJRawlinson) March 5, 2015
Just squeezed my way out of this. Oxford Circus rush hour crush! Maybe take a bus instead everyone : ) pic.twitter.com/139cqPlKgN
— Danielle Couchman (@DanieCouchman) March 5, 2015
In other crush hour news, here’s what happened earlier this week:
Chaos at London Bridge forces crushed commuters to jump barriers
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