London Victoria station fire: Travel chaos as blaze breaks out causing severe delays
7 August 2019, 09:00 | Updated: 7 August 2019, 09:08
Commuters are facing disruption this morning after three fires broke out next to a railway line in London Victoria.
Commuters are facing major delays after three fires broke out next to railway tracks near London Victoria station.
Southern and Gatwick Express train services are not running to or from the station after the blaze spread between Victoria and Clapham Junction. Rail services are warning against travelling to and from the stations affected.
Despite the fires being put out at 8am, National Rail have confirmed that major disruption will continue until around 2:30pm with delays expected for the rest of the day.
⚠️ #SNUpdates - Due to a fire next to the tracks, all lines are currently blocked. Those travelling to/from Victoria and Clapham Junction should avoid travel.— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) August 7, 2019
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In a statement on their website, they said: "You should avoid travelling to and from London Victoria & Clapham Junction this morning until further notice, and travel to or from London Bridge instead using Thameslink or alternative Southern services.
"Your overall journey time will be extended by up to 60 minutes."
It's not known how the fires started, but services are being diverted to London Bridge, with commuters and holidaymakers advised to use Thameslink or other Southern services.
Tickets can also be used on London buses and London Underground.
There are also major problems at Gatwick Airport this morning as a result of a ‘major computer failure’ with British Airways.
The airline said it has been forced to use manual systems for check ins, with Twitter pictures showing huge queues.
Gatwick Airport said on Twitter: “British Airways is experiencing some systems problems this morning which are affecting check-in and flights departures. If flying with BA, please check your flight before travelling to the airport and leave a little extra time.”