London's Holborn Underground station evacuated as smoke fills platform after 'loud bang'

Smoke fills Holborn station

Smoke fills Holborn station

A train has derailed at London Waterloo.

Commuters said smoke poured through a train carriage and onto the platform after a "loud bang" at around 9am on Tuesday (15 August).

London Ambulance Service said its paramedics had been called.

Three people were checked over at the scene by medics after the "low speed partial derailment", but none of them required hospital treatment. It was an overheated compressor on a train not a fire.

"This means that South West Trains are unable to use one of the five lines into and out of the station".

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The Central line has now closed the station and there are severe delays along the whole line, which serves Redbridge through to Woodford and Hainault. "We are investigating the cause".

Disruption is expected all day, it said.

London Waterloo is now undergoing multi-million-pound expansion work to increase capacity.

Waterloo is Britain's busiest railway station, and an £800m upgrade means that almost half of its platforms are closed until 28 August.