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Sunday, February 05, 2012

Tube not prepared for "mega" snow

Right now, I bet Boris & TfL are eating their words about being "
ready & prepared for 'mega snow'", as last night the London Underground almost ground to a halt following the first snow in the capital of the year. Hopefully now as the snow is starting to thaw (see the picture from my study) the system will ease back into life.

View of Tube in Snow from my study window - 5th February 2012
View of Tube in Snow from my study window - 5th February 2012

On Friday 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 

"With more than 100,000 tonnes of salt and an army of gritters, de-icers and specially adapted Tube carriages, together we will ensure that coordinated and swift action is taken to keep Londoners on the move."

Unfortunately for Boris the snow had other ideas and by 11.30pm last night the situation on the Tube was as below with every single line (apart from the Northern Line) either suspended or suffering from severe delays.  Ironically the only two lines that are completely underground (Victoria & Waterloo & City Lines) and should have been running normally had scheduled weekend engineering works and were closed. 

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

Hopefully the lines will get back in action and be running normally when most people return to work on Monday.  Otherwise we can expect TfL's Fail Whale to resurface from the ice.

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

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