Piccadilly Line disruption after fire alert and signal failure

31 January 2020, 08:40 | Updated: 31 January 2020, 08:51

The evacuation took place at around 7.55am with three fire engines attending
The evacuation took place at around 7.55am with three fire engines attending. Picture: LBC

By Matt Drake

Manor House tube station in north London was evacuated after a suspected fire broke out with "smoke from billowing from a carriage."

The evacuation took place just before 8 am when smoke was spotted billowing out from underneath a carriage. People were reportedly "choked" by the smoke.

There are currently three fire engines in attendance.

Transport for London said: "The Piccadilly Line is suffering from severe delays on the entire line due to an earlier fire alert at Manor House and whilst we fix a signal failure at Boston Manor."

An LBC producer who witnessed the incident tweeted: "Don’t want to be overdramatic but today is Brexit and I’ve started the day by my tube catching on literal fire. Is it an omen?"

In a statement, TfL said: "Train services are now running again with severe delays to all destinations. Please continue to use alternative routes where possible."

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