Mondays wouldn’t be Mondays if there wasn’t some sort of disruptive news. Last week it might have been a flooded flat, today it’s the chance of a hellish commute out of London. If you’re travelling home tonight via London Victoria Station be aware that seven of the station’s nineteen platforms have been shut following a signal failure.
The fault is to the degree of ‘seriousness’ that the platforms are remaining shut for the entirety of the day. If you travelled in via Victoria, you’ve probably got an idea of how hectic it’s going to look between 4:30 and 7:30 tonight.
The platforms affected are number nine to 15, so if that applies to you, try and figure out another way home. What this also means is that Southern and Gatwick Express services into and out of London will be hit with an onslaught of cancellations and delays.
London Victoria is the UK’s second busiest railway station with a modest 80 million passengers passing through its gates every year.
As the Evening Standard report, Southern Rail tweeted: “Due to signal failure between Victoria and Clapham Junction, some London bound lines are blocked. There is ticket acceptance in place”.
Similarly a National Rail spokesman said: “Our engineers are working hard to fix the problem and were doing everything we can with the train operators to minimise the impact on their passengers”. So don’t be that guy or girl who takes their frustration out on the staff, this affects them so much more than it does you.
The spokesman apologised profusely for the delay. We suppose what you could do is try to find alternative routes home whether that means hopping in the world’s most expensive Uber, getting an old-fashioned bus or just crashing at a friends house. Our take-away advice would be to avoid Victoria Station at all costs!
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