TfL delays update: Oxford Circus station evacuated as commuters battle home after heavy snow sparks travel chaos

TfL delays update: Oxford Circus station evacuated as commuters battle home after heavy snow sparks travel chaos

One of central London’s busiest Tube stations was evacuated as commuters battled to get home after heavy snow fell on the capital.

Alarms sounded at Oxford Circus Tube station and commuters were ordered to clear the platforms during the Wednesday evening rush hour.

Huge crowds of Tube passengers were left waiting in the cold for information as snow began to fall on the capital’s busiest shopping street.

It came as further snow showers sparked major travel disruption across London’s transport networks, with rail companies urging passengers not to travel.

Crowds queue for Oxford Circus Tube station as snow falls on the capital (@charliescapel)

TfL said the station had been evacuated because of a fire alert shortly after 6pm and services were quickly resumed after the station was deemed safe.

But Tube workers were also intermittently restricting entry to prevent overcrowding inside.

Witnesses reported there being hundreds of people stood in the street outside the Tube station, while images also showed tightly packed crowds.

Huge crowds outside Oxford Circus Tube station (@_kathyharvey)

Meanwhile Londoners across the capital battled to get home after the “beast from the east” lashed the capital.

Rail companies urged passengers not to travel if possible, and warned of greater disruption on Thursday.

While four Tube lines reported severe or minor delays during rush hour as snow flurries hit the capital once again.

And the icy conditions sparked cancellations and diversions to bus services.

London Overground passengers were left out in the snow after some services were suspended (Christiaan Le Roux)

Commuters travelling on Southeastern services faced severe delays out of Charing Cross, Victoria and London Bridge.

And an earlier broken down freight train at Herne Hill sparked hour-long delays and some cancellations to Southern and ThamesLink services from London Bridge.

A number of TfL Rail services were severely delayed or cancelled amid the chaos.

Southeastern confirmed it will run a modified timetable on Thursday that will mean reduced services on some lines, the closure of some stations and changes to train times.

But a glitch in the rail company’s journey planner left passengers baffled as all services on Thursday morning appeared to be cancelled.

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People shared images of the seemingly cancelled journeys online in confusion.

The firm responded saying it was due to a problem with data on the app.

Meanwhile, London Overground passengers were hit with fresh misery late on Wednesday as a faulty train suspended services between Camden Road and Stratford.

There were severe delays between Camden Road and Richmond/Clapham Junction.

Commuters took to Twitter to vent their frustration as they attempted to get home through the snow.

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Kate Gleeson shared a picture of an empty street in West Hampstead during rush hour after she was not allowed on an Overground train.

She wrote: “Not letting people on trains in West Hampstead @LDNOverground @WHampstead crazy out there. #londonsnow #beastfromtheeast.”

Pablo Lima said: “Thanks for throwing us off the train in the snow!”

But not all Overground commuters were quite so upset as some received hot tea from staff at Kentish Town West after trains were severely delayed.

James A Neufeld wrote: “Absolute class. @LDNOverground is serving warm tea as the trains are severely delayed.”

Severe weather is causing major travel disruption across the UK and Ireland.

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Road closures, stranded vehicles and cancellations are widespread due to snow and ice.

The worst hit areas across the UK were Kent, East Anglia and north-east England but problems were spreading.

The RAC had its busiest day in 10 years on Tuesday with 9,500 call-outs, but believes this figure could be topped on Wednesday as conditions worsen.

Highways England has issued an amber “be prepared” alert covering the Midlands and the East, South East and South West of England.

The severe weather warning is in place until Friday morning.

Forecasters warned of more severe weather to come in London and the south east, with an amber warning in place from 10am on Wednesday through to 6pm on Thursday.

Frequent and heavy snow showers are expected, which are likely to cause major travel disruption and loss of mobile phone coverage.