Chaos getting in and out of northwest London as huge car yard fire closes M1 and key rail routes
- Sixty firefighters were in West Hendon Broadway, Colindale fighting the flames
- The London Fire Brigade told motorists to avoid the area due to travel chaos
- M1 was closed between junctions 1 and 4, along with nearby railway routes
- A similar 2011 fire, also in north London, saw the M1 shut for days
A huge fire at a car workshop has closed the M1 and nearby rail routes, bringing chaos to those getting in and out of north London on Thursday night.
Sixty firefighters were dispatched to West Hendon Broadway, Colindale to fight the flames that ripped through the workshop building.
Officials shut the M1 motorway between junctions 1 and 4, while nearby rail routes both in and out of London were closed as well.
A huge fire at a car workshop (pictured) has closed the M1 and rail routes, bringing parts of north London to a standstill on Thursday night
These included the mainlines north out of London St Pancras towards Luton Airport Parkway, including the Thames Link.
Major congestion was also reported on the A5, which runs near the railway tracks and where the fire broke out.
The London Fire Brigade advised all motorists to avoid the area due to the travel chaos, with no indication of when it would end.
With concerns from the London Fire Brigade about flammable gas cylinders being stored on the premises, eight fire engines were sent to the workshop.
As of 11pm GMT on Thursday night, no casualties had been reported.
‘The whole of a car workshop is currently alight in Colindale,’ a LFB spokesman said.
‘Crews continue to work hard. The M1 motorway has been closed between junctions 1 and 4 and nearby rail routes are also facing disruption. Please avoid the area.’
Network Rail added: ‘A fire next to the track is causing disruption to services between London St Pancras and Luton Airport Parkway.
‘As a result, all lines are blocked and trains between these stations may be cancelled or delayed.’
Pictured: Fire engines are seen on Thursday night at the scene of a fire in Colindale that has closed the M1 and stopped trains on nearby lines
The London Fire Brigade advised all motorists to avoid the area due to the travel chaos, with no indication of when it would end. Pictured: Police officers stand guard near the workshop
Thameslink rail service tweeted: ‘There are believed to be a number of flammable gas cylinders onsite.’
Scotland Yard said: ‘Officers are assisting our colleagues from London Fire Brigade at the scene of a fire on West Hendon Broadway.
‘Road closures are in place and people are asked to avoid the area.’
London Ambulance Service said: ‘We have a crew, incident response officer and units on scene with our emergency services partners at a fire in West Hendon.
‘At this time we haven’t treated any patients.’
In April 2011, a scrapyard fire in Mill Hill, also north London, closed the same M1 junctions, and also disrupted train services for a number of days.
It was found that fire had been caused deliberately.
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