Major delays on Islington Tube stations for two days a week

PUBLISHED: 06:53 05 December 2011 | UPDATED: 14:48 05 December 2011

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Passengers being sick on trains, fighting and staff turning up late delayed Tube services through Islington over the past year, it has emerged.

Incidents which disrupted services on the Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines

Victoria Line, July 11 2010, services delayed for 18 minutes because “staff were late”.

Victoria, February 11 2011, services delayed for 76 minutes because “doors were slow or failing to close”.

Northern Line, July 2 2010, service delayed for 17 minutes because of “anti social drunks and vagrants”.

Northern, December 18 2010, service delayed for 124 minutes after “suicide attempt”.

Piccadilly Line, April 8 2010. service delayed for 16 minutes after “anti social, soiled car and vomit etc”

Piccadilly, June 6 2010, service delayed for 15 minutes after because “staff not in position and picked up wrong train”

Piccadilly, October 23 2010, services delayed for 52 minutes after “fight between customers”.

Piccadilly, December 27 2010, services delayed for 52 minutes because of “staff driving technique - wrong route taken”.

Piccadilly, February 28 2011. services delayed for 38 minutes because of “unattended item”.

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.

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.


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.”

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