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2003-08-28 TfL-001
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TfL statement on power failure and effect on services

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Transport for London

TfL statement on power failure and effect on services

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28 August 2003: 2225hrs
source Transport for London
type Press release

There has been a major power failure of the national grid that occurred at approximately 1820 this evening affecting south London.

This power failure has affected the majority of services in Central London. Power to run trains and station lighting was affected.

Loss of signal control caused by the power failure further affected the remainder of the network.

The Tube network was evacuated, including some trains in tunnels between stations. All passengers were safely evacuated.

Alternative sources of power were introduced from North London. The first line to restore service was the Central line at approximately 1850. Services have slowly begun to return to normal, but it will be some time before services are returned to the entire Tube network.

We hope to be able to run a normal service from Friday morning.

London Bus services are taking Tube tickets.

We are working closely with the British Transport and Metropolitan Police to control any crowding or other issues in central London.

London Underground Chief Operating Officer Mike Brown said:

“Our first concern is for the safety and welfare of passengers.

“We are working as hard as we can to return services, but inevitably, with a power failure of this size, this will take some time.”

Also, around 250 sets of traffic lights were affected in south-east London, but power supplies were restored to them fairly quickly.


Central line – normal
East London line – normal
Waterloo & City line – services ended as normal at 2130
Piccadilly line – limited service, except no service on Rayner’s Lane branch
Victoria line – Service Green Park to Walthamstow only
Northern line – normal service except not serving Clapham North, Clapham Common or Clapham South
District line – Limited service Whitechapel to Upminster only
Jubilee line – Service Stanmore to Finchley Road and London Bridge to Stratford
Bakerloo line – Service Kilburn High Road to Harrow & Wealdstone only
Circle line – no service for rest of day
Hammersmith & City – Service Hammersmith to Whitechapel
Metropolitan line – Service north of Baker Street to all destinations

Croydon Tramlink – normal
DLR – normal service, except Greenwich to Lewisham

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