17 September 2014
RMT Press Office
Tube union RMT called for an end to job cuts today following travel chaos during the rush hour this morning after a large piece of concrete fell off the trackside wall onto the track between Kings Cross and Farringdon last night.
The debris fouled the running rails and electric traction current rails. Fortunately power was switched off and a track worker saw this in time and ensured that trains did not run.
If the track worker hadn’t spotted the debris then power would have been switched on as normal and a potential disaster could have occurred if trains had run.
At one point both Kings Cross and Euston underground stations were closed and no Circle line trains were able to run as work was carried out on the track. This also resulted in no services between Baker Street and Aldgate on the Metropolitan line and between Baker Street and Barking on the Hammersmith & City line.
The problem was compounded by the fact that there were severe delays on the Central line due to late-running engineering work.
RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash said;
“Disaster was averted this morning because a track worker saved the day. Today’s incident shows yet again that the Underground needs more patrols and more staff.
“RMT opposes plans to replace skilled workers with unreliable automation in all areas of its work, including train maintenance.”