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Holborn Underground station incident: Severe delays on Central line after fire alert on Tube - live updates

There are severe delays on the Underground after a fire alert and signal failures

The London Underground is experiencing severe delays on Tuesday August 15.

A fire alert at Holborn station was led to no service on the Central line between Liverpool Street and Marble Arch.

A signal failure at Acton Town is causing havoc on the Piccadilly line .

Transport for London has announced there is no service between Hammersmith and Uxbridge/Heathrow and no service between Cockfosters and Hammersmith westbound.

Holborn station evacuated after fire alert (Tuesday August 15)(Image: London Fire Brigade)

The Central line is also experiencing severe delays between Northolt and West Ruislip.

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Thank you to all our readers for joining us today as a fire alert and signal failure caused haovc on the London Underground network.


Here is a reminder of the full story on the fire alert incident in Holborn station:


http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/holborn-underground-station-incident-loud-13478627

Services back to normal

Services on the Central line and Piccadilly lines are now back to normal.


Transport for London says a good service is operating on both lines.

Delays continue

There are now minor delays on both the Central and Piccadilly lines following an earlier fire alert at Holborn station and signal failure at Acton Town station


Piccadilly and Central lines latest

Severe delays continue on the entire Central line following the earlier fire alert at Holborn station.


Meanwhile on the Piccadilly line Westbound there are still minor delays after a signal failure at Acton Town.


Piccadilly line minor delays

An update from the TfL website shows there are now minor delays on the Piccadilly Line between Acton Town and Uxbridge / all Heathrow Terminals due to an earlier signal failure at Acton Town.


A good service is operating on the rest of the line.

Piccadilly line update

The signal failure issue affecting tubes running on the Piccadilly line has now been resolved.




However there are still minor delays according to the TfL website.


Severe delays on Central line

The Transport for London website still shows there are still severe delays operating on the Central line following the earlier fire alert at Holborn Station.


Tickets are being accepted on London Buses via any reasonable route and on Chiltern Railways between West Ruislip and Marylebone.

London Underground statement

Nigel Holness, London Underground’s director of network operations said:

At around 9.10am our staff were alerted to reports of smoke under a Central line train at Holborn.

Our staff immediately contacted the emergency services, who attended and investigated the incident.

The cause of the smoke was a fault on one of our trains and it has now been taken out of service.

I apologise for the concern this would have caused our customers at Holborn this morning and for the disruption.

The station reopened at around 10.05am and trains have been stopping there since.

Stock photo (Photo by Dan Dennison/Getty Images)

What we know so far

Here is our round up story on what we know so far including footage taken from the scene at Holborn station.

Severe delays and minor delays

An update on the Transport for London website show there are still severe delays between Acton Town and Uxbridge/Heathrow due to the earlier signal failure at Acton Town.

There are minor delays on the rest of the line.

Severe delays in Piccadilly line

Severe delays remain on the Piccadilly line due to an earlier signal failure in Acton Town.

Latest from Transport for London

Video from the scene

This video from London Fire Brigade shows the incident at Holborn station this morning:


Similar incident

The incident comes days after video captured smoke inside a carriage again on the Central line at Oxford Circus.

On Friday August 11, the station was also evacuated, with London Fire Brigade confirming there was a “small fire”.

Smoke was seen inside the Tube carriage(Image: @olliet97)

Witness reaction

According to PA, Sophie Walker posted earlier during the incident: “Holborn station evacuated, there’s smoke and people are crying and freaking out ...”

Severe delays remain

Severe delays remain remain on both the Central line and the Piccadilly line.

On the Piccadilly line, the delay is still down to the earlier signal failure at Acton Town.

Tickets will be accepted on London Buses, Transport for London said.

Holburn reopened

Holburn station has reopened, TfL say.

Flash, bang, smoke

Commuter Andy Routledge wrote on Twitter:

I witnessed a flash, followed by a small bang and smoke arising from the tube carriage I’d just left at Holborn station.”

Holburn witnesses speak

Back to Sarah Marshall, who took videos of the smoke filling up the platform at Holburn. Writing on Twitter, she said:

Loud bang at Holborn, smoke and then an evacuation.

“Lots of people ran but others encouraged people to walk and situation was calm. I was towards back of crowd.

“There was smoke at one end of the station, a high pitched bang and a smell.”

Train fault

The incident at Holburn station has been caused by a suspected train fault, British Transport Police has said.

Its statement read:

We were called to Holborn underground station at 9.08am following reports of smoke on a platform.

“This is now believed to have been caused by a train fault.

“The station was closed and officers attended along with the fire service.

“We are now working to enable the station to be reopened as quickly as possible.”

Smoke-filled platform

This video shows smoke on the platform, and emergency services outside Holburn station

TfL statement

Transports for London told getwestlondon that there was a fire alert on a westbound Central line train, and the station was closed.

The eastbound line continued to run without stopping, as did the Piccadilly line.

Its team is investigating.

Holburn video

This video was taken by a Tube passenger at Holburn

District line 'good service'

Issues on the District line have been resumed, with a ‘good service’ now running, according to TfL.

BTP at the scene

Major delays on Central

The situation at Holburn is having a knock-on affect on other parts of the Central line, with Transport for London saying:

No service between Liverpool Street and White City westbound only, while we respond to a fire alert at Holborn.”

There are severe delays on the rest of the line.

More from Holburn

'Massive bang' at Holburn

There are reports of a “massive bang” and “acrid white smoke” at Holburn

Holburn

And for those able to get into London, please note there’s currently an issue at Holburn Station

And the Central line

Finally we come to the Central line, which is not only experiencing severe delays, but is part-suspended too

Next is District

Moving on swiftly to the the District line

The Piccadilly line

Lets start off with the Piccadilly line

Good morning

It’s not a good day to be a commuter. On top of the derailed train outside Waterloo, a number of London Underground lines are running to severe delays, impacting on west London.

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