It was a tough day for travel on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Travellers who were trying to catch trains in or out of Euston station, one of the largest and busiest stations in London and the country, were hit with delays because of a power failure that occurred hundreds of miles away. The end result was pure travel chaos. In some cases, travellers were left stranded as they looked for a new way in or out of Euston.
The power problem started in Queen’s Park. Apparently it caused a number of signals to fail on select railways. Some of the trains that were heading into London from Manchester and Preston were terminated in Milton Keynes because of this power outage.
Travellers who were caught up in the travel chaos took to their Twitter accounts to vent their frustrations. One lady wrote that the power outage ruined her first trip to London in nearly two years. Another traveller said that the power outage caused a lot of problems. Despite that, the train manager on the Virgin Milton Keynes service to Euston was simply brilliant. He kept travellers up to date the whole time. This is how these kinds of problems should be handled.
A spokesman for rail operator Virgin Trains said that the were a problem with the National Grid. The outrage near Queen’s Park affected signals on several rail lines in north-west London. All trains that were travelling between Euston and other stations were impacted. Virgin Trains offered customers alternative routes to help them get to their destinations on time. The spokesman added that the operator was first alerted to the problem around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
After the outage, Transport for London took to social media sites to warn travellers that Tube services were going to be very busy for all of Tuesday because of commuters who were forced to use alternative routes to reach their destinations. People who didn’t have to travel were advised against it.
Unfortunately, this was not the only cause of rail delays that people had to deal with on Tuesday. Services from London Waterloo were delayed as well after a train hit a person in the area of Kingston. This caused delays of up to 30 minutes.