Huge tube delay ahead of Olympics
There were considerable delays on the London Underground during the rush hour yesterday morning after a busy line suffered a signal failure.
The failure occurred on the Northern Line and comes just a few weeks before large numbers of tourists are expected to arrive in the capital from around the world for the Olympics.
Transport for London's (TfL) internet site carried the following message to passengers: "Severe delays are occurring while we fix a signal system failure."
General secretary of the RMT transport union, Bob Crow, said: "This is one of the worst tube breakdowns this year and, just weeks from the Olympics, shows that the cuts to maintenance driven by TfL and (London Mayor) Boris Johnson have left services on a wing and a prayer with no plan B."
As the Games will put considerable strain upon the public transport system in London next month, many tourists and frustrated commuters will be looking to corporate travel management for their travel needs.
Another signal failure at Finchley Road tube station also resulted in delays on the Metropolitan line during the morning rush hour.
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