‘Chaos’ at St Pancras as hundreds trying to escape London hit with train delays
St Pancras station is reportedly ‘chaos’ this evening with hundreds of passengers left waiting for trains to escape London as the heatwave continues. Pictures show huge crowds desperately waiting by the announcement board with East Midlands Railway facing severe delays. London’s rail network has already seen a reduced service on the Tube and the entire Hammersmith and City line shut as temperatures reached a sweltering 37.4C in the capital today (Monday, July 18).
But it’s not over yet. Record-breaking 39C highs are expected to hit the capital tomorrow, with the Met Office having issued the first ever red weather warning for extreme heat. The majority of the train network will be affected as Transport for London has implemented a reduced service across all lines.
Several lines are facing severe and minor delays – Bakerloo, Central, District, Elizabeth, Jubilee and Metropolitan – as well as a part suspension in place for the London Overground and Metropolitan – the Hammersmith & City line is suspended entirely. The train operator has advised people not to travel at all on Monday and Tuesday unless they have no other choice. A spokesperson from TfL said they are “strongly encouraging” customers not to travel.
They added: “Our services are likely to be impacted by the predicted extreme hot weather conditions and we expect delays, cancellations and short notice changes to all our services.” The TfL spokesperson went on to describe that overhead power lines could be affected, and the change in temperatures to tracks could put them at risk of bending or buckling. “We will work hard to keep as many services running as possible. If you must travel, please check before you travel and carry water with you,” TfL added.
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