Fire shuts Victoria Station

Victoria train station closed after a fire on a Gatwick Express service.

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Delays misery for rail travellers

Millions of rail passengers suffered miserable journeys this morning after a series of problems led to long delays on major routes. The difficulties included hold-ups in and out of Victoria, King's Cross, Moorgate and Fenchurch Street stations in London.

The problems at Victoria came after smoke was seen pouring from the engine of an empty Gatwick Express train. The station was evacuated and, although it later reopened, long delays persisted through the morning, with some London-bound rush-hour travellers held up outside Victoria for up to an hour.

There were also delays of up to 90 minutes to services in and out of Fenchurch Street due to a broken-down train in the Limehouse area of east London.

A train failure was also the cause of disruption at New Southgate in north London and this led to delays to services between Stevenage in Hertfordshire and King's Cross and Moorgate stations.

Misery for London rail commuters Credit: PA

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Fire shuts Victoria

One of London's busiest train stations was evacuated today because of a fire on a train.

Trains are unable to leave or arrive at Victoria station after the fire on a Gatwick Express service.

Tom Edwards, an antiques dealer from London, who was trying to get a train to visit his mother, said he spotted flames and black smoke coming from the train.

"There was just a little bit of flames by the wheels," he said.

"They put it out and then started chucking everybody out of the building.

"There was no panic. It could have got pretty bad if they hadn't done something aboutit straight away."

London Fire Brigade confirmed a train was on fire and said crews were attending.

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