London commuters are in for a stressful start to their day after Charing Cross and Waterloo East stations have been closed due to a gas leak.
A ruptured gas main was discovered on Craven Street, off The Strand, around 2am this morning. 1,450 people were evacuated from a nearby hotel and nightclub as a result, and emergency services were called to the area.
A 100m area has been cordoned off around The Strand to stop pedestrians and vehicles entering the area as a safety precaution. There's no estimated time window on how long the cordons will remain in place and how long until the stations can be reopened — it could be several more hours until the leak has been successfully dealt with.
Fire crews on site advise commuters and people trying to travel across the area to find another route — there's currently no way for pedestrians to get along The Strand or onto Northumberland Avenue.
09:00 #CharingCross gas leak update:
• The Strand and roads around Charing Cross closed
• No trains running in/out of Charing Cross or Waterloo East.
• Charing Cross tube closed https://t.co/Qaq9hfbTC8
— BBC London Travel (@BBCTravelAlert) January 23, 2018
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