Friday, May 25, 2012

800 stranded underground after special Diamond Jubilee Tube train breaks down on hottest night of year... but Boris offers them just £40 compensation

London's transport system came under fire today after a major technical failure on the Underground saw hundreds stuck in stifling carriages on the hottest night of the year.

More than 770 passengers have been offered just £40 compensation after they had to be walked through tunnels last night because of a broken down train on the Jubilee Line.

There are fears the capital could become a 'laughing stock' if similar faults are repeated during this summer's Olympics, which kick off in a matter of weeks.

The faulty train was specially decorated with a bunting design for the Diamond Jubilee - but among those delayed when it ground to a halt were some of the Queen’s guests on their way to a celebration at the Royal Academy of Arts, attended by celebrities from the arts and fashion worlds.

The network's problems continued this morning when a signal failure at Embankment led to severe disruption on the Circle and District lines. Read More