London Underground has issued the following statement after the incident on a Bakerloo line train approaching Oxford Circus station this morning.
Nigel Holness, London Underground’s Director of Network Operations said:
“At around 8:50am our staff were alerted to reports of smoke on a Bakerloo train approaching Oxford Circus. Our staff immediately contacted the emergency services, who quickly attended, and ensured customers left the train and exited the station. The cause of the smoke was an electrical fault under one of the carriages, which resulted in a small fire that was quickly extinguished. Understandably this was a distressing incident for our customers, for which I give my sincere apologies. A comprehensive investigation into how this incident could have occurred is now underway. Our Sarah Hope Line, which is set up to help those affected by incidents on the transport network, is also available to offer support. ”