Ugly scenes last night at London Bridge as commuters queue just to get inside
Rail services in South London were in a state of chaos yesterday with passengers trapped on trains for up to five hours.
Problems began during the morning rush hour when a power failure hit a key stretch of track between Wandsworth Common and Clapham Junction.
Passengers reported seeing sparks and smoke coming from under trains, and the police and fire service were called to hand out water and help evacuate passengers. As many as 900 commuters were helped off one train south of Clapham Junction and escorted along the track and back to safety, the Standard reports.
The disruption continued to affect services all day.
By the evening, services in and out of Victoria were running an hour late, and other south London stations struggled to accommodate frustrated commuters.
At London Bridge huge crowds of people queued just to get inside the building while most trains out of the station were delayed.
Many frustrated commuters posted images of the transport horror on Twitter.
#ClaphamJunctionsomeone told me the royal baby had just turned 18 years old while we’ve been stuck on this train
— Ian Rae (@idrae) April 30, 2015
Pics from earlier being evacuated off the train #fourhours#ClaphamJunction@BBCpic.twitter.com/NA0SU83UjA
— Kim (@kim24000) April 30, 2015
How many people does it take to make a decision! #ClaphamJunction@GatwickExpress#LETUSOFFpic.twitter.com/NAlY9bB8Zx
— Freya Richard (@freyarichard) April 30, 2015
Full platforms of people trying to get back to Waterloo for alternative routes from #ClaphamJunctionpic.twitter.com/ibl4SE4p3c
— Josh Russell (@joshr) April 30, 2015
The queue to get on to the escalator to get onto the platform to get into the queue at London Bridge. @LBC pic.twitter.com/efKqTzAZQY
— Tom Swarbrick (@TomSwarbrick1) April 30, 2015
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