London Victoria Station fire: Southeastern trains delayed and diverted after blaze broke out by tracks

Services were diverted via Cannon Street and Blackfriars, after firefighters battled a small blaze at the side of the railway line between Wandsworth Road and London Victoria.

Trains at Victoria Station are expected to be delayed after a fire broke out by the train tracks.

It comes as the capital is expected to scorch in 31C heat today with temperatures soaring throughout the week.

Trains at Victoria Station are expected to be delayed after a fire broke out by the train tracks. Photo: Steve White

Services were diverted via Cannon Street and Blackfriars, after firefighters battled a small blaze at the side of the railway line between Wandsworth Road and London Victoria.

All lines to and from the station were blocked at just before 5.30am this morning (Monday, July 11), Southeastern Railway said.

The flames have since been extinguished and most services are understood to have resumed.

Steve White, managing director of Southeastern Railway, said: “Thank you to Network Rail South East and the London Fire Brigade for responding promptly to a lineside fire this morning and allowing services to safely resume to Victoria.”

South Western Railway worker Tom, who tweets as @Tom_guard, shared Network Rail’s photo of the blaze, and added: “The lineside fire that was preventing train services running into, and out of, Victoria this morning.

“The rest of the week is gonna be interesting with the heat.”

A Southeastern spokesperson said: “The fire brigade have finished putting out the fire and are currently clearing the line.

“Once they are clear we expect some of the lines into London Victoria to reopen.

“At the moment all lines are blocked and trains are being diverted to Cannons Street and Charing Cross.”

They added: “The fire is out and most lines at London Victoria are now open.

“Trains are now able to run to and from Victoria, but trains on all routes to the station may still be altered or cancelled while we work to return services to normal.”

Transport for London (TfL) and the London Fire Brigade (LFB) have been contacted for comment.