Jubilee line failure causes passenger misery, transport commissioner questioned

Written on:May 24, 2023
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It's a long wait! (Image courtesy: Carsten Medom Madsen / Shutterstock.com)

Tube commuters across London suffered major delays today due to the Jubilee line failure following last night’s mayhem, when hundreds of passengers were stranded inside a train for two hours and had to be walked to safety through tunnels.

People suffered delays as there was no service from 5.30 pm onwards between London Bridge and Finchley Road, a line used by more than 600,000 passengers every day. The delays caused problems for the Queen’s guests for Diamond Jubilee celebration at the Royal Academy of Arts.

“How ironic of Jubilee line to have massively severe delay as I’m on way to celebrate the Jubilee with the Queen”, tweeted choreographer and coach Christopher Hampson. Stephen Hugh, classical pianist and composer, posted, “Stuck getting to Jubilee celebrations. Ironic. Getting a British black cab instead.”

Disruption on the Jubilee line caused further travel chaos across the Tube network. Meanwhile, other line services also suffered severe delays due to one or the other reason. Circle and District line services experienced delays due to a signal failure at Embankment, while Hammersmith & City line services were part suspended due to a separate signal failure at Barking.

The Docklands Light Railway was also part suspended due to track problems. Due to recent repeated failures of the Tube system, Peter Hendy, Commissioner of Transport, was today hauled before the London Assembly’s transport committee for explanation regarding the delays.

Notably, the Jubilee line is the prime Tube route for the Olympics linking central London with the Olympic Stadium at Stratford. With the Olympic Games just nine weeks away, the recent failures in the Tube system have raised concerns among Brits as well as the authorities.

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