More delays in London…
At least 17 tube stations closed last night due to co-ordinated closures across the West End amid fears of overcrowding. A dozen of the stations closed were in Zone 1.
Many took to social media and shared photos of crowded commuters crammed onto streets and outside barred and gated entrances.
Many travellers complained of an “information blackhole” as many went from one closed station to another trying to find a route home.
Scenes of chaos were seen at 6pm at Kings Cross and Knightsbridge as whole sections of the Tube were closed off across central London.
Transport bosses blamed the ongoing repairs on the Piccadilly Line alongside three other “passenger incidents” that occurred during the day.
The Victoria line services were suspended after a person was struck and killed at Blackhorse Road at 2:30pm. Another man was taken to hospital after injuries due to being hit by a Central line train at Holland Park just before 5pm.
At Kings Cross, a woman slipped and fell onto the tracks beneath a departing train just after 7pm. British Transport Police described it as an “accident”.
Transport for London (TfL) have warned of continued delays to the Piccadilly line over the next couple of weeks as engineers continue to work on damaged train wheels.
A spokeswoman said: “It was unquestionably a difficult day with issues on a number of different lines that made journeys home very difficult, for which we sincerely apologise.”
“For the safety of our customers we implemented crowd control measures at some of our busier stations to prevent overcrowding at platform level.”
“Our staff worked hard to keep customers informed of what was happening and to help them with their journeys.”