Passengers stuck on trains after fire next to tracks by Finchley Road
Emergency services are at the scene
25 July, 2019 — By Samantha Booth
The scene this afternoon (Credit: @MPSCamden)
HUNDREDS of passengers were stuck on trains after a fire started next to tracks by Finchley Road this afternoon (Thursday).
London Fire Brigade said firefighters were called at 2.40pm to a damaged overhead train line which has then sparked a fire on grass.
About 400 people one train and another 200 people from a second train were led off the trains by emergency services.
The fire brigade confirmed tonight that all 600 were safely detrained. They said added one woman was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service.
The track side fire was also extinguished. There is still major disruption on train lines tonight.
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David Silver, 57, was travelling from City Thameslink to Borehamwood when the train came to a halt and the air conditioning went off.
With other passengers they were stuck for about an hour and 15 minutes before getting on another train which dropped them off at nearby West Hampstead.
Mr Silver said: “The driver after five or 10 minutes [of stopping] said that the lines had come down in front of him. They got water to us after about 35 minutes.
“It was extremely hot. It was a quiet train, not like it would have been an hour or so later at commuting time.”
Emergency services parked up near the O2 Centre
A Network Rail spokeswoman said earlier in the day: “There is currently significant disruption on the Midland Main Line. All lines are blocked with no trains able to run due to multiple incidents.
“This includes problems with overhead line equipment on the line between Kentish Town and West Hampstead. There is also a fire near the railway in West Hampstead, with Network Rail and the fire service in attendance.
“We are working to get passengers moving as soon as possible. Safety is our top priority and we know that conditions are uncomfortable today and we would like to thank people for their patience.
“Passengers are strongly advised to consider alternative travel arrangements and only travel if their journey is absolutely necessary. If you must travel, please check with your train operator or with National Rail Enquiries before travelling, allow additional time for your journey and take plenty of water with you.”
Fire crews from West Hampstead and Paddington were at the scene.
Camden MPS tweeted: “Response team D officers are dealing with a fire on train tracks by Finchley Road NW3, thank you to Sainsbury’s and Waitrose for providing water for passengers stuck on trains.”