Travel chaos after gas leak shuts Charing Cross station

Travel chaos after gas leak shuts Charing Cross station

A Network Rail spokesperson said this morning: "Charing Cross station is now closed owing to a gas leak in a nearby road".

"As a precaution, approximately 1,450 people have been evacuated". It said 1,000 people from the nightclub and 350 residents and business personnel were evacuated.

Witnesses described "chaos" as doormen at the Heaven nightclub ordered them to leave after the alarm was raised, while guests at the hotel were moved into emergency accommodation.

Nearly 1,500 people were evacuated from a hotel and nightclub in central London overnight and two train stations were closed following a gas leak, authorities said Tuesday.

Fire crews using detection equipment have identified high levels of natural gas in the atmosphere, it said.

"It's hard to say how long the cordons will stay up - we're waiting for the gas authority to locate the leak", he added.

Rail services are expected to resume by noon, Southeastern railway said on its website.

"A cordon and road closures are in place as a precaution and members of the public/motorists are advised to avoid the area at this time", the Metropolitan Police said. There are still high readings of natural gas in the area.

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A 100m cordon was set up while engineers searched for the source of the leak.

'Engineers are working to resolve the situation as quickly and safely as possible and we hope to have the stations and streets open by late morning, ' the company said.

Transport for London tweeted that "A4 Strand/Northumberland St is closed" between Trafalgar Square and Bedford Street.

A nearby hotel was also closed as emergency services rushed to the scene.

An Indian delegation which was in the United Kingdom for the Education World Forum 2018 was among hundreds evacuated from their hotel here after a gas leak early Tuesday.

Thani Spacey, a personal assistant at an office in the Strand, had just completed a 90-minute commute from Leigh-on-Sea in Essex to get to work early.

Another officer told a crowd of workers that it could be up to four hours before they will be allowed in. "The whole area smelt of gas, and we called the site engineers who came to investigate".

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