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Travel misery for thousands as blaze hits Euston trains

MAJOR delays hit thousands of train passengers across the country yesterday after a fire closed one of London’s busiest stations.

Trains to and from Euston station were cancelled after a blaze next to the track near South Hampstead triggered a power cut.

Travellers were evacuated from the station as the fire hit Midland, Virgin and Southern services. Network Rail said customers were affected in London and on the length of the West Coast main line including Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool. Engineers were working through the night to get services back to normal by this morning. The fire also took out a stretch of the London Overground between Euston and Harrow & Wealdstone.

Clapham Junction and Milton Keynes Central were also affected by the disruption.

Customers on Virgin trains were advised not to travel south of Birmingham. A spokesman said: ‘Tickets will be accepted for travel tomorrow or a full refund offered. Alternative routes are available but customers are urged to check before travelling.’

■ A PROTEST is to be held by the RMT union outside Parliament to mark the one-year anniversary of the Southern Railway dispute over staffing and driver-only trains. The event next Wednesday comes as fresh talks are due. The union’s Mick Cash said: ‘This is the perfect opportunity to show that our fight for passenger safety will continue.’ Southern said: ‘We look forward to meeting the RMT to try and resolve their dispute.’