London Tube stations evacuated after dust cloud fills platforms

22 November 2019, 11:32 | Updated: 22 November 2019, 18:42

Two busy Tube stations were evacuated during the Friday morning rush hour after a dust cloud filled the platforms when fans were tested in the tunnels.

London Underground commuters were thrown into chaos at around 9.15am after Canary Wharf and Canada Water stations were closed for around 10 minutes.

Images posted on social media showed passengers covering their mouths as they were told to leave the stations.

Initially, passengers thought there was a fire or gas leak.

One person wrote on Twitter: "Got evacuated at Canada Water due to smoke rising in the station from a fire."

Another said: "Just got evacuated from Canada Water station. Got really smokey in there..."

Owen Smith, who was one of those affected at Canada Water, said he thought there was "some sort of gas or smoke" in the air.

He added that "everyone was very calm" and described the station staff as "a credit to TfL".

A Transport for London (TfL) spokeswoman said: "We were doing testing of fans in the tunnels. It inadvertently created a dust cloud so we evacuated the stations."