Outraged commuters lashed out at Transport for London (TfL) Wednesday as 17 stations closed during the holiday season’s evening rush hour.
Travelers criticized the substantial overcrowding, as seen all over social media, as Londoners and tourists alike marveled at the masses of people spilling into shut-down stations, sidewalks, and even the streets.
What Stations Are Affected?
Victoria, Oxford Circus, Bond Street, Knightsbridge, Green Park, Holborn, Finsbury Park, Highbury & Islington, Marble Arch, Warren Street, Walthamstow, and Queensway are amongst affected stations suffering from closure or severe delays.
This morning, a woman fell onto the tracks at King’s Cross Station, one of London’s busiest, resulting in chaos and delays. She was taken to a nearby hospital and treated, and is expected to recover.
Other accidents resulted in the Victoria and Central line being suspended after people were hit by trains at Blackhorse Road and Holland Park, respectively.
Unable to offer much more than an apology, A TfL spokesman stated:
“It was unquestionably a difficult day with issues on a number of different lines that made journeys home very difficult, for which we sincerely apologise.
“For the safety of our customers we implemented crowd control measures at some of our busier stations to prevent overcrowding at platform level.
“Our staff worked hard to keep customers informed of what was happening and to help them with their journeys.”
Commuters took to social media to describe the horrific situation at Oxford Circus, considered one of London’s busiest stations.
One commuter, Loujain Ramzi, said, “If you did manage to get into a station, it was already so overcrowded that people began to panic. It’s unreal.”