Major delays on Islington Tube stations for two days a week
Passengers being sick on trains, fighting and staff turning up late delayed Tube services through Islington over the past year, it has emerged.
Transport for London (TfL) has revealed details of delays of more than 15 minutes between April 1, 2010 and March 31 on the Piccadilly, Victoria and Northern lines – after a Freedom of Information (FoI) request from the Gazette.
The figures show residents using Tube stations in Islington face major delays at least two days a week on average.
Signal failure, train or �system defects and planned engineering were the most common reasons why services were held up.
Uncontrollable factors also had an impact including track fires, suicides, fights on platforms, persons on the track or staff errors.
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Piccadilly Line commuters had the worst time with 224 disruptions over 154 different days. Services were disrupted just under three days every week on average on the route which includes stations Caledonian Road, Holloway Road, Arsenal and Finsbury Park.
Travellers on the Northern Line – which takes in Tufnell Park, Angel and Archway stations – faced 138 disruptions over 106 different days, which is two days every week on average.
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Victoria Line users, which stops at Highbury and Islington and Finsbury Park, suffered 121 disruptions over a total of 97 different days.
Cllr Paul Convery, Islington Council’s executive member for planning, regeneration and transport, said: “There was one major disruption every day on the three main lines serving �Islington, which is shocking.
“Our Tube system pales in comparison to other cities because of under-investment.”
Jennette Arnold, Islington’s Labour London Assembly Member, said: “This reflects what Londoners are experiencing as they travel around the city every day which is increased fares for an unreliable tube service.”
Mike Brown, London Underground’s managing director, said: “We need to transform our network and there will be times when that work is disruptive. We try to keep disruption to a minimum but sometimes it does affect our services.”