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Saturday, February 04, 2012

Tube & Boris ready & prepared for "mega snow"

London Underground  is prepared (apparently) for a night of snow. As I write this on Saturday night from Kew there's already a good covering snow around. TfL are hoping not to be caught out by an occurance that happens most years in the winter, yet seems to drive the Tube system to a halt.

Snowy View from my study
Snowy view from my study 4th February 2012

London Underground and London Rail have engineers on hand to be mobilised with point heaters in place at key sections of the network, said TfL. Also improvements have been made in outlying areas of the Tube network which suffered last year.

Extra stocks of components and measures to stop wheels slipping on the Central line have been put into place.

Boris Johnson said: "Across all our roads and rails hundreds of workers are on standby to ensure that, should we receive a mega deposit of snow, we are in a position to keep the capital moving."

Transport for London Fail Whale by Jon in 60 Seconds
Transport for London Fail Whale by @Jonin60 Seconds

Let's see if we manage to survive this year's snow without the usual excuses of wrong type of snow or too sticky snow, or snow that's not sticky enough.

Update 11.30pm - looks like we can't

Tube comes to halt with first snow of the year by @tariqpanja
Tube comes to halt with first snow of the year by @tariqpanja

At about 11.30pm the entire Jubilee & Central Lines had just been suspended.  So much for measures to stop wheels sticking on outlying areas of the Central Line - snow must have been way too sticky.

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