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Tube stations closed because staff burned their toast

Stations across Westminster were shut 561 over three years, for non-emergency reasons

21 April, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

London Assembly Member Tony Devenish obtained the data which revealed the reasons for station closures

YOUTHS throwing eggs and staff burning the toast are among the most ludicrous reasons for recent tube station closures, it has been revealed.

In new data obtained by Knightsbridge and Belgravia councillor Tony Devenish, it was found that tube stations in Westminster were shut 561 times in the past three years for reasons other than health and safety.It added up to 133 days, or 3,200 hours, combined.

Cllr Devenish said: “One of the biggest complaints I hear from my residents is unexpected closures of their local tube stations and with almost 800 non-emergency closures in three years it’s easy to see why. Commuters who rely on these stations on a daily basis will expect more and I will push the mayor to come forward with sensible solutions to these issues.”

The 800 closures were spread across three boroughs –Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Kensington & Chelsea – which Cllr Devenish represents as a London Assembly Member. The data – obtained under freedom of information legislation – excluded health and safety reasons such as fire alerts, flooding, Met police request, person struck by train, person under train, police request, security alert and trespasser on track.

Young people throwing eggs closed Westbourne Park tube station and staff burning the toast closed Victoria and Oxford Circus.

People jumping up and down in the lift at Covent Garden and breaking it, was another reason for a station to shut. Defective lifts shut Edgware Road, Regent’s Park, Queensway, Covent Garden and Lancaster Gate 49 times – some 390 people were stuck in the lifts. Lifts were the third- biggest cause for station closures beaten only by strike action, which caused 193 across Westminster’s stations and non-availability of staff.

Temple station was found to have closed more times than any other in the borough, with 58 closures between February 2014 and March 2017.

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