Tube train doors left open while in mo­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AN in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched af­ter 11 sets of Ju­bilee line train doors were left open while the train hur­tled be­tween sta­tions.

The doors of the Tube train were wide open as it trav­elled be­tween Finch­ley Road and West Hamp­stead sta­tions shortly af­ter 9am on Satur­day Septem­ber 1.

Although no­body fell out of the train and there were no re­ports of dam­age or in­jury, the Rail Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch (RAIB) has an­nounced it will be in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent to “iden­tify the se­quence of events that led to the in­ci­dent”.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve a fault de­vel­oped on the train just be­fore reach­ing Finch­ley Road sta­tion on the northbound Lon­don Un­der­ground ser­vice.

The fault meant that when the driver op­er­ated the but­tons to open the doors ad­ja­cent to the plat­form, pas­sen­gers still had to use the push but- tons on the tube doors to leave the train.

Some of these but­tons did not work, mean­ing the doors re­mained shut.

At this point, the op­er­a­tor made an an­nounce­ment that he would at­tempt to solve the prob­lem at West Hamp­stead, the next sta­tion.

The train then left for West Hamp­stead, but the driver ap­peared to be un­aware that 11 of the doors on the train had re­mained open.

It was only when a pas­sen­ger alerted the driver that a door on his car­riage had re­mained open on the two-minute jour­ney be­tween sta­tions, that the driver in­spected the train and found the 10 other doors that had also been open.

The train was taken out of ser­vice at West Hamp­stead.

An RAIB in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing launched to in­ves­ti­gate the fault, the way it was man­aged, the fac­tors in­flu­enc­ing the driver’s choices, train­ing and com­pe­tency of the driver and any un­der­ly­ing man­age­ment fac­tors.

A Ju­bilee line train had been trav­el­ling be­tween Finch­ley Road and West Hamp­stead when the in­ci­dent oc­cured

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