London Bridge station: Commuters warned of major disruption on trains for rest of evening

Francesca Gillett

Rail passengers are being warned of major disruption on the trains tonight after a security scare at London Bridge.

London Bridge rail and Tube station was put on lockdown on Tuesday afternoon after a security alert was sparked by a suspicious vehicle nearby.

Police cordoned off a large area and some buildings were evacuated as crowds took to the streets in confusion.

All trains to and from Charing Cross, Cannon Street and Waterloo East were temporarily suspended and Southeastern Railway urged passengers to take alternative routes.

Crowds of people were evacuated from the rail and bus station. (@PeterKerr13)

Despite the incident being stood down at around 3.30pm, commuters were warned disruption was likely to continue on the trains throughout the rest of the evening.

A large number of services leaving Cannon Street and Charing Cross were delayed or cancelled and Southeastern Railway warned the disruption is set to continue.

National Rail said the two stations and London Bridge were likely to get "extremely busy" tonight and disruption was set to continue "until the end of the day".

In a string of tweets Southeastern said: “London Bridge station has reopened but major disruption will continue for the rest of this evening. Please check before you travel.

“Although the station has now reopened, disruption will continue from Cannon Street and Charing Cross for some time.”

Passengers are being encouraged to use London Victoria, Blackfriars or St Pancras to reduce the pressure on the service and Southeastern tickets can be used on High Speed trains, buses, the DLR, the Tube, Southern, Thameslink and the Overground.

Tube users reported queues at London Bridge station as it reopened while those trying to leave the three stations affected were hit with delays.

Others complained of usually quick journeys taking several hours while some passengers reported "serious overcrowding" on Southeastern High Speed trains as passengers rushed to get home using other routes.

Witnesses at the scene in London Bridge on Tuesday reported seeing a large amount of emergency services descending on the area.

A Met Police spokesman said: “We were called to a security alert in London Bridge street at 1.40pm. The bus station and part of the rail station were evacuated as a precaution."

Police said they were stood down after the vehicle was found to be not suspicious.