Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tube Crash Line Will Stay Closed until Next Week; DESPITE CHECKS, RAIL MAY HAVE BEEN CRACKED FIVE MONTHS BEFORE ACCIDENT

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tube Crash Line Will Stay Closed until Next Week; DESPITE CHECKS, RAIL MAY HAVE BEEN CRACKED FIVE MONTHS BEFORE ACCIDENT

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Byline: DICK MURRAY

KEY SECTIONS of the Tube's Northern line will be closed until next week "at the earliest", it emerged today.

Sunday's derailment at Camden Town, in which seven passengers were injured, has caused far more damage than first thought. It means continuing travel chaos for the Northern line's near-700,000a-day users.

A London Underground spokesman said today: "We do not expect to restore full services on the Northern line before next week at the earliest."

The sixth carriage of the train which came off the track was removed last night. Only today have engineers been able to assess the full amount of repair work which needs to be done.

The spokesman added: "Signals, cables and other equipment were badly damaged."

It is understood that 50 signal cables were ripped from their mountings.

Restoring and testing the signals is the principal reason why services cannot be restored before Monday.

Tim O'Toole, LU managing director, said: "I am very sorry for the disruption that the current service suspension is causing to our customers. But we must be assured of the safety of this section of the line before we resume running trains through it.

"Until I have that assurance from Tube Lines [the private sector consortium responsible for maintenance at Camden Town], and from my own engineers, we cannot restore the service."

The Northern line remains closed through central London.

LU has laid on 150 buses which will call at all stations still closed.

Transport Secretary Alistair Darling said today the derailments at Camden Town and, last Friday, at Hammersmith, were of "deep concern" - but he denied the Government's drive for partprivatisation was responsible.

Maintenance schedules had not changed since private companies took over routine repairs, he insisted. …

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