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Friday, April 04, 2008

Thousands trapped on London Underground

Around 5,000 commuters were stuck in Tube trains for around three hours last night when the entire Jubilee Line suffered a power failure. Nine Jubilee Line trains stalled at around 6pm on Thursday night, following a loss of power at the Jubilee line control centre in Neasden, north-west London. The passengers were walked through tunnels to get out.

Dollis Hill, Jubilee Line by stephenk1977

The BBC spoke to one commuter who was on the trains who sounded remarkably calm about it all "We were getting regular communication from the driver, but he had no way of finding out what was going on. He was getting frustrated too.

"Some passengers did try and prise the doors open as after an hour or so as it was very stuffy and you really felt like you couldn't breathe

She added that people shared food around and were happy to give up seats for others.

A Transport for London (TfL) spokesperson said: "Staff from across the Jubilee and Northern lines were called in to assist with the detrainment process.

"Emergency services were called as is standard in these type of situations. However, no customers required medical assistance

The trains started running again at about twenty to nine at night.

If you were on one of those trains last night, I'd love to hear about what you felt. Many thanks.

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