From Roy Ngerng’s New Cruising City – London Bridge station crush condemned as ‘completely unacceptable’ and ‘life-threatening’


Not so green after all….

London Bridge Tube Station short closure last night caused “life-threatening chaos” for rush hour commuters.

Lines were shut down for 45 minutes from 4.20pm because of a person on the tracks at Streatham, the operator said. The knock-on delays saw huge numbers of people stranded on platforms and some forced to jump closed barriers to avoid the crush, while onlookers posted dramatic images online.

The London Mayor, Boris Johnson, said: “This chaos must end now. The scenes at London Bridge last night were completely unacceptable.

“It is a disgrace that Network Rail and the train operating companies have failed once again to get a grip of the situation at London Bridge.

Mick Cash, leader of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union said last night’s scenes were “horrific”, adding: “RMT is sick and tired of the excuses about the continuing chaos at London Bridge which led to horrific scenes at the station last night.

Labour said there needed to be a “very frank discussion” with rail bosses about why rail services have been “consistently underperforming” while passengers are charged “extortionate” fares.

A Conservative Party spokesman said: “For the thousands of commuters whose journeys home were disrupted, last night’s events were unacceptable. While the cause of delays was beyond anyone’s control, it is clear the crowd management at the station failed.

”Network Rail and the operators know this and must ensure they make the necessary changes to give passengers a robust service and to ensure these scenes are not repeated.“

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