Furious commuters walk along track to Finsbury Park station after demanding they are let off broken down train
PUBLISHED: 11:27 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:37 12 January 2018
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Fed up passengers stuck on a broken down Great Northern train near Finsbury Park demanded to be let off after 40 minutes of waiting – and chose to walk along the track to the station.
Problems with overhead wires on the overgound line led to chaos this morning, with people stuck for more than an hour in packed carriages.
One woman called the experience her “worst commute for years” and others, stuck on a different train, took matters into their own hands after growing more and more incensed at going nowhere.
Twitter user Matthew Jones was left in disbelief at what he saw. He said: “Just seen a load of people walking back along the train tracks towards Finsbury Park - surely that isn’t safe @networkrail?!”
One woman on the train in question said there had been an “emergency evacuation” and that it was “not the best start” to her day.
A spokesman for Great Northern confirmed the bizarre situation when asked by the Gazette. He said: “A number of trains were at a standstill owing to a fault with overhead lines between Hornsey and Alexandra Palace, which Network Rail has apologised for and is dealing with.
“On one train near Finsbury Park, passengers demanded to be allowed off the train rather than waiting for power to be restored. The driver led them safely the 300 metres to the station rather than risk people forcing the train doors and walking along the track unaccompanied.
“There was no danger from other trains as none were running because of the loss of power.”
The Piccadilly Line was also suspended this morning between Cockfosters and King’s Cross after a woman in her 20s was hit by a train at Arsenal.
British Transport Police (BTP) were called just after 9am and firefighters also attended the scene. The woman’s injuries are not thought to be serious and the station has now reopened.
In the summer the Gazette revealed Finsbury Park had closed 83 times in the six months since the closure of the Wells Terrace exit. There are regular overcrowding issues at the station, with many commuters demanding safety improvements.