With crushing inevitability, public transport in London suffered major disruption last night despite official insistence the city was prepared for a “mega deposit of snow“.
In the end the capital received a very pretty couple of inches but, as Annie Mole and Mayorwatch demonstrate, every single tube line was affected (even the Northern line, which looks fine on those screengrabs, had problems at least Golders Green-Edgware at one point). On Friday TfL and the Mayor had released a press statement describing what cold weather measures were in place, with points heaters, a team of engineers on standby and use of “ice mode” on the Metropolitan line (suspended north of Wembley Park last night) plus compressed air systems and wheel slip protection on the Central line (entirely suspended last night). 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.”
We suspect the Mayor may come to regret overdoing the rhetoric with “mega deposit”. His Twitter feed had this to say earlier:
That “most” is technically true, but probably best not to tell that to anyone trying to use the Bakerloo, Central and Jubilee lines this morning.
And as surely as night follows day, train services experienced problems too. Despite Southeastern and Network Rail spending around £40m each on cold weather preparedness, this was the situation at London Bridge last night:
One train was actually announced as being “178 minutes late from Orpington“. The situation across all routes is far better this morning, though still be prepared for some delays and cancellations.