Train passengers faced chaos following major disruption in London this evening (June 17). All Avanti West Coast services from Euston have been disrupted after a vital line was blocked due to a reported fire.
Commuters faced severe delays and some were asked to divert via services to Birmingham New Street. Avanti West Coast said tickets dated for travel today (June 17) will be valid for travel tomorrow at any time via the same route.
Hundreds of users reported the delays on Twitter.
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James Baker tweeted: “First trip to London in over 2 years and stuck at Euston on Friday night as all trains canceled due to line fire! #frustration.”
Laura Hendry tweeted: “Would it be really awesome if the rail system could just… work? This is my second trip in/out of Euston with @AvantiWestCoast in less than two weeks there have been 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) to come up to 4 now and we’ve only just arrived in Milton Keynes.’
A passenger, who boarded the 4.05pm train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston, said he was due to arrive at 7.05pm.
“I am currently on a train to Birmingham New Street which Avanti advised me to do. But due to Euston being closed everyone will literally be trying to get from Moore Street to London Marylebone,” they wrote. declared to Manchester Evening News .
“So it’s Manc Passengers and Birmingham Passengers. The actual journey from Manchester was fine but no one has any updates and I can imagine Moore Street is going to be hell on earth. “
A social media user tweeted a photo of Euston filled with passengers waiting to depart, with the caption: “Euston. We have a problem.”
Avanti West Coast has confirmed that the main line between Milton Keynes Central and Euston is blocked due to damage to overhead power wires.
The train operator tweeted: “All departures from London Euston are currently suspended. Tickets dated for travel today, June 17, will be valid for travel tomorrow at any time via the same route.”
Euston briefly operated as an exit only due to the signaling and overhead line issue engineers were working on, but then opened and informed passengers there would be continued disruption.
They have since tweeted that three of the four rail lines the engineers were working on are now open, but it will take “time” for displaced services to be able to use them.
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