Armed police swooped on Charing Cross station in central London during this morning’s rush hour after a man claimed to have a bomb on the tracks.
The major transport hub’s Underground station was evacuated just after 6.35am sparking commuter chaos.
Transport for London said the man made the threat after he ran onto Northern Line tracks.
Police later confirmed a 38-year-old man had been detained under the Mental Health Act and said the station, near Trafalgar Square, was reopened just before 8am.
Armed police attended Charing Cross this morning when it was reported that a man with an explosive device was on the tracks
Armed police rushed to Charing Cross station in the capital’s centre this morning as a man claimed to have a bomb on the tracks
Police were called to Charing Cross station amid reports that a man on the tracks had a bomb
Network Rail said the mainline station, which caters for services arriving from the south east, was not evacuated, and arrivals and departures were not affected.
Passengers stuck on Northern Line trains faced huge delays to their journeys, as they were stuck on packed carriages waiting outside Charing Cross.
Eyewitness Alan Buckingham tweeted: ‘Loads of police including armed response at Charing Cross. Underground shut off and asking people to move away.’
Another posted: ‘Man running down the tracks claiming to have a bomb at Charing Cross Station.’
Commuters faced delays getting to work this morning following reports of a man on a track claiming to have a bomb
There are no services stopping at the central London station after police descended on Charing Cross following bomb reports
Other videos captured by commuters showed the chaos at Charing Cross as police cordoned off the area.
A British Transport Police spokesman said: ‘Officers were called to Charing Cross underground station at 6.35am today after receiving reports of a man on the tracks claiming to have a bomb.
‘Officers from the Metropolitan Police and BTP specialist firearms officers also attended.
‘Both the underground and mainline stations were evacuated as a precautionary measure and a cordon was put in place whilst officers dealt with the incident.’
The spokesman added: ‘A 38-year old man was detained by officers and has been held under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act and taken to a place of safety.’
Onlookers witness police descend on the central London station after a man claimed to have a bomb on its tracks
Firefighters also attended Charing Cross station after police were called in over bomb threats
The Metropolitan Police were also called to the scene. It said they had received reports of a man ‘acting suspiciously’. No one was injured in the incident.
Britain is on currently on its second highest threat level of ‘severe’, meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.