TfL launches inquiry after ‘open doors’ incident

(Rory Brown)

AN inquiry has been launched after a London Underground train ran at normal line speed between two stations with at least some of its doors fully open.

The incident was recorded on video by a passenger and should also be visible on the train’s CCTV. It occurred between Finchley Road and West Hampstead on the Jubilee Line, which is a surface section.

Passenger Rory Brown has posted his 14-second video on Twitter using the tag #whatishealthandsafety. He commented that this was TfL’s “new way to keep tubes cool in the summer – leaving the doors open”.

Transport for London apologised, and added: “We were made aware of this yesterday and the train was taken out of service and [is] currently under investigation so thanks for letting us know. Sorry for any inconvenience caused and hope your journey was OK.”

The train involved was tube stock built by Alstom in 1996-97. Like many previous generations of Underground trains, 1996 stock is equipped with an interlock which should prevent the train moving unless all doors are closed.

Underground network operations director Nigel Holness told the Evening Standard: “The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority. On Saturday at around 09.00 we were alerted to some of the doors on a Jubilee train remaining open for one stop between Finchley Road and West Hampstead.

“The train was immediately taken out of service at West Hampstead and a full investigation is underway to understand how this occurred.”

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch is also being informed. 

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