Fire near train sta­tion sparks se­vere de­lays

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AN in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched into the cause of a fire next to Southall train sta­tion, which started a day of de­lays on the trains in west Lon­don.

An­nounce­ments on the Lon­don Un­der­ground warned pas­sen­gers about a fire close to Heathrow Air­port caus­ing “se­vere” de­lays on TfL trains be­tween Padding­ton and Heathrow early on Tues­day Novem­ber 27.

By 7am there were re­ports of a re­turn to good ser­vice in the area, but then a train de­railed at West Eal­ing, lead­ing to huge queues at Southall sta­tion and con­tin­ued de­lays through­out the morn­ing.

The Lon­don Fire Brigade has re­vealed de­tails about the Southall fire, which caused the ini­tial prob­lems.

About 40 fire­fight­ers were needed to get the flames un­der con­trol in dis­used train car­riages, a log on the fire brigade’s web­site says.

In to­tal, three old train car­riages were in­volved.

The fire brigade added: “Six fire en­gines and around 40 fire­fight­ers were called to dis­used train car­riages alight next to Southall train sta­tion.

“One derelict train car­riage was de­stroyed by the fire and a fur­ther two were dam­aged.

“There were no re­ports of any in­juries.”

The fire brigade were first called about the fire at 2.25am.

By 5.53am, the blaze was un­der con­trol.

Fire crews from Southall, He­ston, Eal­ing and Hayes fire sta­tions at­tended the scene.

The cause of the fire is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the brigade added.

The de­lays caused by the fire at Southall were fol­lowed by fur­ther dis­rup­tion af­ter a train de­railed at West Eal­ing.

The chaotic scenes on train plat­forms only re­ally kicked in when the de­lays from the fire and the de­railed train at West Eal­ing com­bined.

At around 7.30am Twit­ter user @ FredCoolBreeze shared pho­tos of the queues packed onto plat­forms at Southall sta­tion.

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