Charing Cross Station has been evacuated and firefighters are battling to control a blaze that started after a blast on a train carriage.
The station, which is located close to Trafalgar Square, is swarming with emergency services personnel. The alarm was raised at 10.50am after a fire broke out on platform 6.
Although initial reports have blamed an electrical fault, several passengers spoke of a “blast” or “fireball” on the train carriage. Other witnesses spoke of smoke, flames and panicking passengers fleeing in panic, while other reports have described a blast that emanated from the tracks, not the train.
National Rail said “A fire at London Charing Cross is causing disruption to journeys between London Charing Cross / London Blackfriars and London Bridge. Because of congestion caused by trains being diverted, Thameslink trains will not call at stations between London Blackfriars and East Croydon.
“Trains are currently unable to run to and from London Charing Cross. Some services will be diverted to start / terminate at London Victoria or London Bridge. There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 1.30pm.”