'Absolute mayhem' - Commuters face chaos as Charing Cross and Waterloo East close due to gas leak

Charing Cross and Waterloo East closed as gas leak prompts evacuation

Charing Cross station has been closed (London Fire Brigade)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Charing Cross and Waterloo East stations were shut this morning (January 23), causing chaos for thousands of Londoners on their way to work.

Services diverted into Victoria, Cannon Street and Blackfriars, after the alarm was raised about gas in the Strand at around 2am this morning (January 23).

Heaven nightclub was also cleared and guests at a nearby hotel were moved into emergency accommodation.

The Strand, a major route through central London, was closed and a 150-metre cordon put in place while National Grid engineers tried to isolate the leak.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: "We are assisting police on the Strand after a ruptured gas main was discovered using detection equipment and high levels of natural gas were detected in the atmosphere.

"As a precaution, approximately 1,450 people have been evacuated. They are from a hotel and a night club."

Of course this left many struggling to get about in London, with some complaining they were packed on the tube like "sardines."

Others took to Twitter explaining they were hoping to be able to work from home due to the closure, but unfortunately that was not the case. Meanwhile many others used social media to warn would-be commuters of the "mental travel" and suggested they don't go anywhere.

Take a look at the reaction below