Paddington Station evacuated hours after Elizabeth Line opens

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Paddington Station has been evacuated lower than three hours after the opening of the Elizabeth Line, which begins on the London station.

Video posted to Twitter by Laura Bunting reveals an emergency announcement being aired on the station, saying: “Attributable to a reported emergency, will all passengers depart the station instantly”.

Passengers are seen getting on to escalators to go away the London hub.

A Transport for London (TfL) consultant informed reporters a “hearth alert” had closed the station.

Passenger Shiran Katsnelson posted video of commuters flowing out of the Paddington Station Elizabeth line exit, with the automated evacuation message enjoying over a sound system.

One other passenger reported that the fireplace brigade had arrived.

In the meantime, rail person Claire Smith tweeted: “Couldn’t wait to go on London’s latest vacationer attraction @Crossrail however as we pulled into Liverpool Avenue they introduced our prepare was terminating at Tottenham Courtroom Highway attributable to hearth alarms going off at Paddington.”

A whole bunch had gathered for the opening of the brand new TfL line, often known as Crossrail, at Paddington this morning. The primary Elizabeth Line prepare departed at 6.33am.

The Impartial has contacted TfL for extra info.

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