District Line commuters evacuated from train after fire beside the tracks

Image above: Commuters walk along the tracks with the help of TfL staff on Friday 26 May; Photograph Olivia Freeman

Commuters stuck on District Line train “like a sauna”

District Line commuters had to walk along the railway tracks on Friday (26 May) to continue their journeys after a fire was spotted next to the tracks at Gunnersbury Station.

Commuters said they were stuck on a District Line train for nearly two hours and that it felt like a sauna.

Roger Hill Tweeted at 7.32pm:

“Stuck on District line train outside Gunnersbury for over two hours now. Officially Londons biggest public sauna. Shame it’s not free!”

At 7.35pm, Neal Patel Tweeted:

“We have been trapped on a District Line train for over 2 hours with no air con between Gunnersbury and Turnham Green. What is going on?”

Images above: Passengers disembark; Photographs Olivia Freeman

TfL staff excorted passengers along the tracks

Another commuter, Olivia Freeman, told The Chiswick Calendar paramedics eventually boarded the train and the remaining commuters disembarked onto the tracks, where they were guided to Turnham Green station by Transport for London staff.

“We walked towards a gap opposite Chiswick Park and came out through a hole in hedge. Then passengers had to walk across park to TG [Turnham Green]” Olivia said.

National Rail confirmed the disruption was caused by a fire “next to the track” at Gunnersbury station and that trains to and from Richmond were cancelled.

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