Thu. May 19th, 2022

Chaos on the way in and out of north-west London as a huge fire in a courtyard closes the M1 and key train routes

  • 60 firefighters were on West Hendon Broadway, Colindale, battling the blaze
  • London Fire Department told motorists to avoid the area due to travel chaos
  • The M1 was closed between junctions 1 and 4 along with nearby railway routes
  • A similar fire in 2011, also in north London, saw the M1 close for days


A huge fire at a car repair shop has closed the M1 and railways nearby, bringing chaos to those coming in and out of north London on Thursday night.

60 firefighters were dispatched to West Hendon Broadway, Colindale to fight the flames that flowed through the workshop building.

Officials closed the M1 motorway between junctions 1 and 4, while nearby railways both in and out of London were also closed.

A huge fire at a car repair shop (pictured) has closed the M1 and railway lines, bringing parts of north London to a standstill on Thursday night

A huge fire at a car repair shop (pictured) has closed the M1 and railway lines, bringing parts of north London to a standstill on Thursday night

These included the main lines north 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 stored on site, eight fire trucks were sent to the workshop.

At 23:00 GMT on Thursday evening, no injuries were reported.

‘An entire car repair shop is currently on fire in Colindale,’ a spokesman for LFB said.

‘The crews continue to work hard. The M1 motorway has been closed between junctions 1 and 4, and nearby railways are also facing disruption. Please avoid the area. ‘

Network Rail added: ‘A fire next to the runway is disrupting traffic between London St Pancras and Luton Airport Parkway.

‘As a result, all lines are blocked and trains between these stations may be canceled or delayed.’

Pictured: Fire trucks are seen Thursday night at the scene of a fire in Colindale that has closed the M1 and stopped trains on nearby lines

Pictured: Fire trucks are seen 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.  In the photo: Police officers stand guard near the workshop

The London Fire Brigade advised all motorists to avoid the area due to the travel chaos, with no indication of when it would end. In the photo: Police officers stand guard near the workshop

The Thameslink railway service tweeted: ‘There are believed to be a number of flammable gas cylinders on site.’

Scotland Yard said: ‘Officers are assisting our colleagues from the London Fire Brigade on the spot in the event of a fire on West Hendon Broadway.

‘Roadblocks are in place and people are being asked to avoid the area.’

The London Ambulance Service said: ‘We have crews, emergency services and units on site along with our emergency services partners in the event of a fire in West Hendon.

‘At this time, we have not treated any patients.’

In April 2011, a scrap yard fire in Mill Hill, also north London, closed the same M1 junctions and also disrupted train connections for a number of days.

It was found that there had been a deliberate fire.

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