Thousands of commuters delayed in Euston chaos
Huge crowds gathered at the central London services during the ‘significant disruption’.
Thousand of commuters had journeys home delayed on Thursday night after a signal failure at Euston station.
Pictures shared on social media showed huge crowds gathered inside the central London station after services ground to a halt.
Problems were first reported at around 4pm and Network Rail warned passengers of “significant disruption” after all services out were stopped.
⚠️URGENT UPDATE⚠️ Power has been restored at Euston and signals are now working again🚦✅‼️We’re sorry to passengers as significant disruption is expected while trains get back to normal. For latest travel info check @nationalrailenq‼️@VirginTrains @LNRailway @LDNOverground— London Euston (@NetworkRailEUS) August 8, 2019
Lines were said to be reopened about an hour later but delays continued well beyond 9pm.
Chris Dickinson, 25, from Burnley, said his journey from Manchester Piccadilly was delayed by nearly six hours.
“I’d like to say I was surprised, but I’m not, it seems like a flaw the railways have had for as long as I’ve used them regularly, and it’s just a matter of time until something like it happens to you,” said the MA graduate.
He said passengers were told the delay was due to “overhead power line damage”.
Network Rail also said crowd control measures were put into place during the disruption, after customers complained they were left waiting outside the station unable to get in.