Tube Hits Obstruction After 'Tunnel Defect'
Friday 27th April 2012
Transport for London told LBC 97.3 a tube train hit an obstruction on the Bakerloo line, causing yesterday morning's severe delays.
No one was injured in the incident between Waterloo and Embankment. TfL believe a train hit a buige in a wall caused by rainwater and deny RMT claims it was down to a partial tunnel collapse.
Earlier, the RMT union claimed that part of a tunnel collapsing may be responsible for the disruption, describing the incident as a "tunnel defect".
Thousands of passengers on Bakerloo line trains were told by drivers the delays were caused by a tunnel collapse
The Bakerloo Line was suspened between Elephant and Castle and Piccadilly Circus for most of yesterday
Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT union, said: "Our reps understand that the suspension of Bakerloo line services is due to a partial tunnel collapse at Embankment that is currently under investigation.
"This emergency incident exposes TfL's cavalier attitude to the work of its emergency response unit and exposes once again their willingness to chance their arm on public safety."
However, a TfL spokesman denied this, saying: "This is a minor tunnel defect. There has been no collapse or partial collapse. No one was hurt and there were no stalled trains.
"Our engineers are on site and we are trying to rectify the problem."