London’s Victoria train station has been evacuated following the discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb at a nearby building site.
Thousands of people were directed out of both the mainline and underground stations for the central London terminal, while police cordoned off the area.
The discovery was made during the height of rush hour causing delays to the networks. The station was re-opened at 10.15am after the bomb was made safe.
The bus terminal at the front of the building was also closed off and busses re-routed, while underground trains passed through the station but did not stop.
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A spokesman for Transport for London said: “The [underground rail] lines operated a non-stopping service running through the station, but no one could get on or off.
“This happened between 9.49am and 10.08am, so for just under 20 minutes. Passengers were told to go to their nearest station to pick up the line, which was inconvenient for people wanting to get off at Victoria but unavoidable in the circumstances.”