Rush Hour Chaos On The Central Line

By Londonist Last edited 75 months ago
Rush Hour Chaos On The Central Line

Yesterday morning severe delays on the Central Line brought commuter chaos to hundreds of Londoners during the peak of rush hour.

Services between Marble Arch and White City were suspended at 8.15am as a result of a defect on the live rail in the Shepherd’s Bush area, and it wasn’t long before angry commuters took to Twitter to vent their frustration. ‘Central Line’ became a worldwide trending topic on the micro-blogging website, accompanied by the hashtag ‘Delayed.’

Nigel Holness, London Underground’s network services director claimed, "Engineering staff were on site immediately and are working flat out to repair the rail.”

A normal service finally resumed on the line late in the evening.

TfL has assured Londoners that refunds will be provided on journeys that were delayed for 15 minutes or more, but these must be claimed within 14 days.

Check out our post on how to claim a refund for delays on the tube.

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Jane Ennis

Well it wasn't too bad for me, I managed to get a Central Line train before the delays really set in, and got to my French class on time! But a lot of the others were really late because of it....and the problem seemed to continue into the afternoon.


I went to get on the Central line yesterday evening and heard there were severe delays still. Fortunately, I have the alternative of the mainline to Chingford.