TfL are currently reporting that the District line has been part-suspended (the Kensington Olympic spur is closed) and is running with delays on the rest of the line; a "lack of available trains" is the official story. Yet what's more interesting is the reason for the lack of available stock: a "minor defect" has been discovered on several trains, meaning that engineers are checking every train on the line to make sure it isn't a common fault. The BBC's Tom Edwards just tweeted that cracks have been found on the trains' brackets, a story that the Evening Standard has also run with. BBC London has further information: "Engineers found suspected cracks on brackets holding the equipment which draws current from the rail". RMT boss Bob Crow has already seized upon the fault as an example of the "fast and loose" attitude that TfL has toward safety.
District Line Delays Caused By Faulty Trains
Last Updated 06 October 2010