Five London tube stations were closed during rush hour today due to overcrowding.
Passengers at King’s Cross were told to evacuate due to an ’emergency’, with photographs showing a crush of commuters as they tried to leave.
If they went elsewhere, the journey might not have got any easier.
Oxford Circus, Euston, Warren Street and Bond Street stations also closed after a day of rail and tube chaos.
Train faults, signal failures, staff shortages and other issues led to delays across the network.
‘Get thrown out of #kingscross and #Euston stations!’ one woman tweeted. ‘Taken me 2 hours to do a 50min journey! Convinces #TfL created their own problem!’
Finsbury Park was also extremely crowed due to Arsenal playing Southampton at the Emirates Stadium, with people warned that trains might not stop there.
The stations are now open again as normal.
Delays are expected to continue in the run-up to Christmas.
Southern Rail, whose passengers have endured months of delays and cancellations because of industrial action, staff shortages and other problems, is expecting a series of further strikes in the coming weeks which will cripple services.
London Underground is also facing industrial action in a dispute over the closure of ticket offices.
A Transport for London spokesperson said: ‘We apologise for the disruption caused to customers this evening. For the safety of our customers we implemented crowd control measures at some of our busier stations to prevent overcrowding at platform level.
‘Our staff worked hard to keep customers informed of what was happening and to help them with their journeys.’