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Vauxhall Fire: South West Trains Advises Alternative Routes after Clapham Junction Chaos

05/05/2016 09:20 | Updated 05 May 2016

Early morning track fire attended by 21 firefighters and 4 engines 

Flames extinguished at 8.30am leaving 4 out of 8 lines closed

• Nearby Clapham Junction Station evacuated after being overcrowded 

• Disruptions for all services running through Vauxhall until end of the day

• Live updates for South West Trains can be viewed here

 

A track fire at Vauxhall Station on Thursday morning caused chaos to London’s transport system, with a knock-on effect to major routes in and out of the city.

The blaze broke out amongst signaling cables underneath one of the overground platforms at around 2.30am and crews from the London Fire Brigade arrived at the scene shortly afterwards.

Rail company South West Trains is advising passengers to seek alternative routes wherever possible.

Disruption caused by the blaze saw many passengers divert to nearby Clapham Junction - but the sheer influx of commuters meant it had to be evacuated before 9am. 

As of 9.30am the station had reopened again. 

Train services running through Vauxhall may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 minutes or revised completely and disruption is expected until the end of the day. 

As of midday the station remained partially closed with four out of the eight main lines out of use. The bus station was also temporarily closed though was fully operational again by midday.  

A joint statement from South West Trains and Network Rail said: "We are sorry for the inconvenience and disruption faced by passengers this morning.

"This was the result of a fire underneath a platform at Vauxhall station in the early hours of this morning which severely reduced the number of trains we were able to run in and out of London.

"It has now been brought under control and we are assisting the London Fire Brigade to investigate the cause of the fire as well as working hard to reintroduce services. It is not yet possible to say when that will happen but we will update passengers as soon as we can.

"In the meantime, we thank passengers for their patience and advise them to continue to use alternative routes to travel in and out of London wherever possible. The latest information is available at South West Trains, National Rail and TfL
"South West Trains tickets are also being accepted by Southern for services between Dorking, Epsom, Clapham Junction and London Victoria. Great Western Railway between Windsor Central, Slough and London Paddington and London Underground and London buses on any reasonable route."

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 cabling has been affected.

"The fire will impact on travel... and we'd ask people to check before they travel."

The blaze was extinguished at 8.30am thanks to the efforts of 21 firefighters. 

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