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More Tube chaos as Victoria and District signals fail


Commuters were hit with major disruption again today as signal failures caused long delays on two of the Tube's busiest lines, the Victoria and District.

The day started badly for London Underground and its customers with a broken-down train on the troubled Jubilee Line causing early delays to rush hour travel, and got worse when a key section of the District line was suspended at the beginning of the morning's peak rush hour. Signal failures at Turnham Green led to a total lack of trains between Earl's Court, Richmond and Ealing Broadway.

Although services resumed, severe delays continued over the route right across peak travel times. The District line is London's busiest, with more than 700,000 passengers a day. Another signal failure, this time at Seven Sisters on the Victoria line, caused long delays for those travelling into London from the northeast of the city. The line is used by 600,000 commuters a day.

Yet another failure of the newly-installed multi-million pound signalling system caused the early problems on the Jubilee line, suspended as a result between West Hampstead and Stanmore. Since the installation of the new computerised system, multiple failures of communication between trains and signals have resulted in breakdowns somewhere on the route several times a week.

Tube travel this weekend will be a nightmare, due to planned engineering work aimed at updating the network. Only four lines will provide good service, with the Victoria line shut down for the entire weekend. The Circle, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee, DLR, Metropolitan and London Overground will all have sections of their routes closed and the Waterloo and City will be shut tomorrow. The Bakerloo, Piccadilly, Central and Northern lines are expected to be open.