by Tim Lezard The RMT has called for an end to job cuts following travel chaos during yesterday’s rush hour after a large piece of concrete fell off the trackside wall onto the track between Kings Cross and Farringdon. The debris fouled the running rai …
The RMT has called for an end to job cuts following travel chaos during yesterday’s rush hour after a large piece of concrete fell off the trackside wall onto the track between Kings Cross and Farringdon.
The debris fouled the running rails and electric traction current rails. Fortunately power was switched off and a track worker saw this in time and ensured that trains did not run.
The union says if the track worker hadn’t spotted the debris, then power would have been switched on as normal and a potential disaster could have occurred if trains had run.
An estimated 14,000 passengers were evacuated from King’s Cross station, with Euston underground station closed and no Circle line trains ran as work was carried out on the track. This also resulted in no services between Baker Street and Aldgate on the Metropolitan line and between Baker Street and Barking on the Hammersmith & City line.
The problem was compounded by the fact that there were severe delays on the Central line due to late-running engineering work.
RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash said: “Disaster was averted this morning because a track worker saved the day. Today’s incident shows yet again that the Underground needs more patrols and more staff.
“RMT opposes plans to replace skilled workers with unreliable automation in all areas of its work, including train maintenance.”
* RMT cleaners working for ISS on the East Coast contract are to strike on Monday and Tuesday next week in their continuing fight for pay justice
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