Readers will immediately recognise a London Underground (The Tube) bulletin from these headlines.
The problem at the moment… well, let the article speak for itself… (OCR’d in) The paragraph emphasis are mine. The newspaper was The Hendon & Finchley Times – 9th December edition.
Tube radio interference
The Northern Line lived up to its “Misery Lane” billing this week as commuters put up with a severely disrupted service caused by defective radios.
Worse still, neither London Underground (LUL) nor Tube Lines (the company charged with the task of improving the line) could say when the service will be back to normal again. LUL has been running 80 per cent of the normal service, but advises passengers to use an alternative route.
An LUL spokeswoman said the delays have been caused by the failure of the radios in the drivers’ cabs, which link the trains with the control centre. She said: “The train radios have failed in the train cabs, but train operators can still commnicate with Northern Line control through the tunnel tram radio system. However, for safety reasons, this means that the train operator must have another person in there in case they collapse or become incapacitated.”
As a result of the disruption, all High Barnet trains run to Morden via Bank, while all Edgware trains terminate at Kennington via Charing Cross. The LUL spokeswoman said: “It is the most reliable way to operate so there are fewer gaps in the service and to make the trains as frequent as we can.”
Ah well, it’s lucky I work from home – but I still have to go into the West End or the Ciry each week!