Police are investigating the death of a 44-year-old who was killed while working on a travelator at Waterloo Station.
Transport for London (TfL) confirmed that the worker – an engineer – died while working at the busy station this morning.
British Transport Police said a 44-year-old man from Cambridgeshire had been pronounced dead at the scene after a contract worker had been “injured on a travelator”.
TFL tube boss Vernon Everitt said in a statement that an “immediate and urgent investigation is underway”.
He added that they were at the “very early stages of understanding what has gone wrong”, and that the man’s next of kin had not yet been informed.
BTP Detective Inspector Darren Gough said: “This is a truly tragic incident and our deepest condolences are with the man’s family.
“They are currently being supported by specially trained family liaison officers as they come to terms with this devastating news.
“We are now working closely with the Office for Road and Rail (ORR) to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and establish exactly what happened to lead to the man’s very sad death.”
TfL Access had tweeted at 5.24am: "Waterloo Station: No interchange between lines, due to a fault with the the travelator. Please exit the station and walk back in."
⚠ Waterloo Station - A one way 🔃 system has been implemented at this station due to an ongoing police investigation, customers are advised to avoid interchange where possible.— Jubilee line (@jubileeline) September 18, 2019
Shortly after 7.30am the Jubilee line Twitter account tweeted: "Waterloo Station - A one way system has been implemented at this station due to an ongoing police investigation, customers are advised to avoid interchange where possible."
No details have so far been released on the circumstances behind the man's death, but it is believed he was working on the moving walkway on the interchange between the Jubilee and Northern/Bakerloo tube lines.
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Waterloo Station is the busiest railway station in the UK, with nearly 100 million entries and exits every single year.
The transport hub, first opened in 1848, has the greatest number of platforms and is the largest station in terms of floor space in the country.