Thousands of passengers left stranded at Euston Station after train journeys suspended

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Thousands of passengers have been left stranded at Euston Station after train journeys were suspended due to a fallen tree.

Travellers heading to the Cop26 summit have acknowledged the irony of being delayed by extreme weather and said it is both “inconvenient” and a reminder of the impacts of climate change.

Widespread chaos was sparked when a tree fell and caused damage to overhead wires between Rugby and Milton Keynes on the West Coast Main Line, a spokesperson confirmed.

Pictures shared on social media show hoards of people crammed inside the station, with many looking frustrated due to the hours-long delays.

One disgruntled passenger wrote: “Euston station. A great place to be with small children waiting for an indefinitely delayed train.”

Some passengers made it all the way to Milton Keynes before being turned around to return to London arriving back in Euston some four hours later.

Climate change scientist Simon Lewis said he has been stuck on a train for more than three hours as a result of the disruption.

The 49-year-old professor, from University College London, was on the 11am service from London to Edinburgh but was brought to a halt just 45 minutes later.

“We are moving a tiny bit every now and again, but have not made it to Peterborough yet, the first stop,” he told the PA News Agency.

“This is inconvenient and a reminder that climate change drives extreme weather events and every country needs to adapt.

He added: “A stopped train is nothing compared to the two million people displaced by flooding in Shanxi province in China, last month, and those facing famine today in Madagascar.”

Network Rail said its teams are on site near Long Buckby in Northamptonshire, where the damage occurred.

Network Rail wrote on Twitter: “Due to overcrowding #EustonStation is currently exit only.

“All trains are currently suspended due to a fallen tree causing damage to overhead wires.

“Passengers are currently being advised not to travel – further updates ASAP.”

The company said it is working to remove the fallen tree before assessing the damage and beginning repairs.

Travellers are advised not to go to Euston and instead check for regular updates.

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