Photo shows "lethal overcrowding" on Jubilee line during strikes, says union

By Rob Virtue on February 5, 2014 3:31 PM |

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Union officials have accused London Underground of "ripping up the safety rule book" and called for a full enquiry into Wednesday morning's Tube operations.

RMT released a photo (above) of people queuing to get on Jubilee line trains at Waterloo, which it said showed "lethal overcrowding".

It came in the first day of a 48-hour strike by Tube staff over planned job cuts and closures of ticket offices.

The morning saw thousands disrupted across the London transport network. The Jubilee line was due to run from Waterloo to Stratford on the eastern side, with trains every five minutes.

However, Transport for London admitted services were running every 10 minutes for much of the morning and predict the same for Wednesday morning.

Station closures also caused problems. Bermondsey and Southwark stations saw planned closures but Canning Town, Stratford and Greenwich were also shut for periods due to overcrowding.

Those stations were open at mid afternoon but further problems are anticipated as the day progresses.


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In a response to the RMT accusations on safety, Nigel Holness, LU's operations director, said: "These claims are completely false. As Londoners will have seen for themselves, we've had hundreds of volunteers out today to help customers get around. We'll have hundreds out during the evening peak as well.

"Some stations, particularly the main rail termini, will clearly be very busy because of this pointless strike by the RMT and TSSA, but our staff are working hard to keep customers safe, and keep London moving and open for business today. We're running over a third of normal services, serving around 70 per cent of stations on eight out of 11 lines."

Meanwhile, problems for commuters heading south have been further compounded by disruption to Southeastern Trains services, which the company says is down to an earlier signal failure.

And on the roads, a fuel spill has seen the Blackwall Tunnel shut northbound.

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