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Victoria Rail station has been closed due to a security alert.

Transport for London confirmed the closure at 6.04pm on Friday evening (March 9).

Southern Railway, Southeastern Railway and Gatwick Express services are disrupted.

Tickets are being accepted on London Underground.

See our live blog updates below for more about the incident and the surrounding area.

Package 'deemed non suspect'

National Rail said on its website:

Earlier today London Victoria station was evacuated and closed for approximately 15 minutes whilst emergency services investigated a suspicious package. The package has been deemed non suspect and the station has now reopened.

Disruption expected to continue

Disruption to Southern and Gatwick Express services to and from London Victoria expected to continue.

National Rail said:

Following a security alert earlier today at London Victoria, all lines have now reopened .Train services running to and from this station may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes. Disruption is expected until the end of service.

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Not ideal...

Everything we know so far

  • Victoria station was evacuated at around 6pm as police investigated a “security alert”
  • The incident affected services across the network
  • There were reports of a “suspect package” on platform 18
  • Police officers were at scene
  • Station has now reopened and area searched
  • Services will be affected for the rest of peak hours

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Travel chaos!

Antony, from the Reigate and Redhill District Rail Users Association, took this picture after Victoria Station reopened.

The evacuation left behind some chaos
The evacuation left behind some chaos (Image: Antony from the Reigate and Redhill District Rail Users Association)

Station reopened

British Transport Police confirmed Victoria station has now been reopened.

“The area has been searched and the station has now been reopened.

“Thanks for your patience.”

Borough councillor tweets about incident

Borough councillor for East Malling in Kent wrote on Twitter: “Suspect package on platform 19 Victoria station has caused an evacuation.”

Reports of 'suspect package'

There were reports of a “suspect package” on platform 15-18. This is yet to be confirmed by authorities.

British Transport Police officers at the scene

British Transport Police officers responding to the security alert at Victoria station.

They are at the scene. More information when we get it.

Station expected to reopen shortly

According to Southern, Victoria station is expected to reopen shortly.

Services may be subject to cancellation or delay

Southern wrote on Twitter: “Due to a security alert at a station at #LondonVictoria. Train services running to and from this station may be subject to cancellation or delay.”

Southern tickets are currently being accepted on Thameslink services to and from London, London Underground, London TFL, South Western Railway to and from London Waterloo, Southeastern to and from London Terminals, Great Western to and from London Paddington, London Overground and Tramlink.

'Cops everywhere', says commuter

Video shows hundreds outside Victoria station

LBC reporter Lucy Hough captures video of current scene outside Victoria station.

'Massive siren bells and police have come'

Hundreds of commuters take to social media to share their experience of what is happening at Victoria station.

A Twitter user said: “Everyone just got evacuated from Victoria station including me. Massive siren bells and police have come.”

Station shut due to 'security alert'

According to Transport for London (TfL) Victoria Rail station has closed due to a “security alert”.

We’ll keep you updated throughout this breaking news.