Around 500 evacuated on Gravesend service in Hither Green after train fire

PUBLISHED: 13:19 27 August 2013 | UPDATED: 15:50 28 August 2013

Hundreds of passengers were evacuated from a Southeastern train in Hither Green. Pic by Helen Hambly

Hundreds of passengers were evacuated from a Southeastern train in Hither Green. Pic by Helen Hambly


A train full of commuters was evacuated after smoke billowed from under the carriages early this morning.

The train was running through Bexley on the 7.17am Gravesend to Charing Cross and passengers were forced to walk along the train line.

Network Rail had to turn off the power to the lines which caused major delays and cancellations.

Southeastern apologised for any inconvenience the incident might have caused for passengers and the fast lines are now open again.

The service between Dartford and Hither Green via Sidcup is running again but trains are 15 minutes behind schedule.

London Fire Brigade confirmed they were called to the fire at 7.56am and it was under control in 40 minutes.

Commuter Helen Hambley tweeted a picture of the evacuation and said: “Southeastern customers used to stressful commute, train catching on fire and evacuated onto the tracks.”

A spokesperson added: “Crews quickly extinguished the blaze and helped to evacuate around 500 passengers from the 10 carriage train.”

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