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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Northern Line predicted last night's delays

Evening Standard Northern Line ChaosMisery Line come over all Mystic Meg

All right, all right, as so many of you are asking (well two of you), the Northern Line signal failures were actually predicted yesterday, so don't say you weren't warned!

According to AFX news "LU said the system breakdown at Clapham Common forced it to impose a limited service between Stockwell and Morden.

It said maintenance contractor Tube Lines were working on the problem and passengers should avoid Stockwell station and use overground services instead
."

But just in case you think their prediction of delays is a sign that they are getting their act together, fear not.

In a figures which came out last week, "Northern Line Tube passengers suffered an average of 15 delays every day in the year to May 2006, double almost every other line on the network. In the TfL report we learn that:

The 'misery line' recorded more than 5,000 delays between May 2005 and May 2006, confirming its status as the worst-performing line for the 100,000 passengers who use the service daily."

Pretty Graph from the Northern Line

Looking on the bright side a cheery spokeswoman from Tube Lines spun "Whilst we acknowledge the need to improve performance faster on the Northern line, year-on-year service reliability has improved by 30 per cent and the number of incidents has dropped by 16 per cent since 2003 when Tube Lines took over,"

"The Northern Line is the most heavily loaded line on the Underground in terms of passenger numbers and has some of the oldest assets but performance is getting better and we are committed to improving the performance of the line to the standards we have achieved on the Piccadilly and Jubilee lines."

Mmm try telling that to some people who had three hours of delays last night.


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