Resolution to London Tube problems

26 September 2007

A tube train driver discovered a fault on the braking system of trains on the Circle Line on Tuesday. He reported it and management agreed to remedy the situation. In the interim a similar fault was discovered on other trains on the Circle and Hammersmith and City lines.


On Wednesday it became apparent that the fault had not been remedied and drivers declined to take out trains which were faulty and a potential safety risk.


A meeting was called for 10 o’clock this morning to discuss the position and to see what progress management had made in rectifying the defective trains. The union said that once the necessary safety modifications had been made, the service would gradually return to normal.


This has now happened, and it is expected that services will return by five o’clock today (Thursday).


One management statement had suggested that the driver – an ASELF member – who had pointed out the deficiency originally had done so to deliberately ‘to cause disruption’. This allegation has been withdrawn in writing and the company has conceded that there had been a design fault.

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