Sig­nal fail­ures cause travel chaos

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS -

COM­MUTERS re­turned to work in true Lon­don fash­ion this week af­ter a string of sig­nal fail­ures led to de­lays on the un­der­ground.

West Lon­don­ers had to deal with the prob­lems af­ter Trans­port for Lon­don an­nounced se­vere de­lays on tube lines across the en­tire route.

A sig­nal fail­ure at Wem­b­ley Park led to no ser­vices at all from Uxbridge on the Met­ro­pol­i­tan line, un­til the line’s sta­tus be­came ‘se­verely de­layed’.

Mean­while, the District Line had its own sig­nal fail­ures at Turn­ham Green, lead­ing to de­lays on that route.

Com­muters head­ing to Heathrow Air­port had their fair share of angst as a track fault led to a com­plete halt in ser­vices head­ing in that di­rec­tion.

A spokesman for Heathrow con­nect said: “The ser­vice was sus­pended be­tween Padding­ton and Heathrow Ter­mi­nals 1, 2 and 3 due to a track fault at Hayes and Har­ling­ton.”

Al­though ser­vices even­tu­ally re­sumed to Heathrow, se­vere de­lays re­mained in place for other lines and it had not gone un­no­ticed by those trav­el­ling back to work on Tues­day.

Com­muter Filip Ivanov wrote: “Typ­i­cal start of the year for the District line. Pa­thetic.”

Pas­sen­ger Joe Emer­son mes­saged Trans­port for Lon­don and added: “There’s ter­ri­ble ser­vice on the rest of the line. I sug­gest you spend some money fix­ing sig­nals this year.”

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