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Travellers complain of chaos at Euston after signalling problems shut down train lines

An Avanti West Coast train (Luciana Guerra/PA) (PA Wire)
An Avanti West Coast train (Luciana Guerra/PA) (PA Wire)

Travellers complained of chaos at Euston Station after a signalling fault led to trains being cancelled on Sunday.

Teacher Jodie Cousins who shared footage showing the overcrowded station said it was so busy it was “dangerous” and “totally out of control”.

Another traveller, Simon Daniels, said there was “no information from staff at the station and no tannoy announcements.”

He added: “Come on Network Rail, we all know things break, but keep everyone updated.”

Journalist Charlie Haffenden posted video footage online showing crowds waiting on the concourse including some Aston Villa fans travelling back from their game at West Ham.

He said: “Absolute chaos at London Euston amid travel disruption. Fair few Aston Villa fans here have been waiting well over an hour.”

Network Rail said trains were cancelled because of “a fault with the signalling system between Milton Keynes Central and London Euston” which blocked the lines.

The lines were re-opened at around 5pm but Network Rail warned passengers “residual delays and possible cancellations are expected” and advised people to check their journeys.

It comes as the M25 in Surrey is set to reopen on Monday after the first planned daytime closure of the motorway.

The five-mile stretch of the motorway between junctions 10 and 11 was closed in both directions at 9pm on Friday and remains inaccessible until 5.30am Monday.

Concerns had been raised thousands of drivers would be stuck in gridlocked traffic over the weekend during the unprecedented closure on the south-west of the orbital route.

There had been some build-up, with congestion stretching two miles at one point, but traffic along the new route through the towns of Byfleet, West Byfleet, Woking and Ottershaw was not as bad as feared.