London: London was paralysed by train chaos on Tuesday morning after a gas leak caused the closure of two major rail stations.
Charing Cross and Waterloo East were both shut following the leak on the Strand, which forced 1,450 people to leave hotels and a nightclub at 2am. People were evacuated from the hotel and night club in central London overnight and two train stations were closed.
Rail services were diverted into Victoria, Cannon Street and Blackfriars, while tens of thousands of displaced passengers flocked to other stations, with huge crowds building at Liverpool Street, London Bridge and King’s Cross.
King’s Cross was shut due to overcrowding during rush hour, with commuters evacuated from the Underground as an alarm went off telling them to get out due to an emergency.
The Fire Brigade said they did not yet know the cause of the gas leak, but engineers were attending.
A spokesman for the Cadent Gas company said: “We are working with the emergency services and as a safety precaution an exclusion zone has been put in place. “The Amba Hotel, nearby flats, offices and Charing Cross stations were evacuated.”