Hundreds of commuters are facing a nightmare journey home as one of the country’s busiest train stations is “at a standstill”.
Trains in and out of London Victoria are facing major delays and cancellations until the end of the day, following a “major signal failure” near East Croydon.
Images posted on social media showed hundreds of passengers held on the station concourse, unable to catch their Southern, Southeastern and Gatwick Express trains home.
Life: “LOL, no.” pic.twitter.com/k6rgyempQc
— JimBob (@JungleJimBob) December 18, 2019
Chaos at Victoria. All trains via east Croydon cancelled or delayed due to major signalling failure. Expect the same at London Bridge. pic.twitter.com/cW1j7joKDD
— Anton Padmasiri (@antonpadmasiri) December 18, 2019
Please note – London Victoria is temporarily closed on the @SouthernRailUK side owing to overcrowding. Please delay your travel from Victoria this evening if you can. Trains are running but not a normal evening rush hour service. Thank you.
— Network Rail Kent and Sussex (@NetworkRailSE) December 18, 2019
Thameslink services out of London Bridge have also been affected by the problems, which are expected to last until the end of the day.
Victoria and London Bridge are Britain’s second and fourth busiest stations, carrying 75 million and 48 million passengers in 2017/18 respectively.
Peter Kyle, Labour MP for Hove and Portslade, was caught up in the disruption at Victoria on Wednesday evening.
He described the central London hub as being “at a standstill” and apologised to those struggling to get home.
He tweeted: “I’m sorry to every passenger, I know there’s a lot more that needs sorting on this service, I’m fighting for that.
“You have been let down badly this evening.”
Network Rail apologised and advised people to find other routes if possible.