Train passengers have faced chaos after major disruptions in London tonight (June 17). All Euston Avanti West Coast services have been halted after a major line was blocked due to a reported fire.
Commuters have faced severe delays, and some have been asked to divert via services to Birmingham New Street. Avanti West Coast has said that tickets dated for travel today (June 17) will be valid for travel tomorrow at any time via the same route.
Hundreds of users have tweeted about the delays.
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James Baker tweeted: “First trip to London in over 2 years and stuck at Euston on Friday night when all trains canceled due to a fire on the line! #Frustration.”
Laura Hendry tweeted: “It would be great if the railway system could just … work? This is my second trip in / out of Euston with @AvantiWestCoast in less than two weeks it has had serious disruptions (and the strikes have not even started yet). ”
And Sophia Carey tweeted: “I’ve been on the train from Euston to Manchester (usually takes 2.5 hours) for up to 4 hours now, and we’re just got to Milton Keynes.”
A passenger, who boarded the train at 16.05 from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston, said that they should arrive at. 19.05.
“I’m on a train to Birmingham New Street now, something Avanti recommended. But due to the closure of Euston, literally everyone will try to walk from Moore Street to London Marylebone,” they told Manchester Evening News .
“So there are Manc passengers and Birmingham passengers. The journey from Manchester itself was fine, but no one has any updates at all, and I can imagine Moore Street is going to be hell on earth.”
A social media user tweeted a picture of Euston packed with passengers waiting to leave, with the caption: “Euston. We have a problem.”
Avanti West Coast confirmed that the main line between Milton Keynes Central and Euston was blocked due to damage to power lines.
The railway operator tweeted: “All departures from London Euston are currently suspended. Tickets dated for journeys today, June 17, will be valid for journeys tomorrow at any time via the same route.”
Euston drove short as an exit only because of the signal and overhead line problem that was being worked on by engineers, but later opened and informed the passengers that there would be ongoing disruptions.
They have since tweeted that three of the four railway lines that engineers have been working on are now open, but it will “take time” before displaced services can use them.
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