Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Six Lines Hit as the Tube Faces Easter Shutdown

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Six Lines Hit as the Tube Faces Easter Shutdown

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Byline: Dick Murray Transport Correspondent

HUGE sections of London's transport system will shut down over the fourday Easter break, it emerged today. Six of the 11 Tube lines will be part suspended and sections of the Docklands Light Railway and London Overground will also be closed. The closures follow a week of chaos on the Tube affecting hundreds of thousands of passengers. Almost 2,000 passengers were trapped in trains on the Jubilee line and had to walk through tunnels on Tuesday after a piece of signal box fell on the track.

The new chaos comes as many Londoners are expected to remain in the capital over the weekend with temperatures set to top those in some of Europe's most popular holiday destinations. They are likely to reach as high as 24C tomorrow, with four days of sunshine forecast.

On the Tube network this weekend the Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines will be part suspended and the Waterloo & City line will be closed. Major stations including Tottenham Court Road, Blackfriars, Caledonian Road & Barnsbury and Farringdon will also be shut.

Tube chiefs say they have deliberately chosen the Easter weekend to carry out major engineering work and maintenance because fewer passengers than usual will be using the network.

Meanwhile, train maintenance company Alstom today admitted responsibility for this week's Jubilee line problems and promised an investigation. Six Labour MPs whose constituencies include parts of the Jubilee have signed a joint letter to Boris Johnson demanding "clear commitments" on preventing further disruption. Documents leaked to the RMT union and seen by the Evening Standard show Tuesday's breakdowns were far more serious than previously admitted. Ten trains suffered breakdowns which caused delays even before the 7pm power failure that halted all Jubilee line services.

RMT leader Bob Crow today called for a "summit" to prevent disruption. …

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