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24.01.14

Concrete flood repaired in time for Friday rush-hour

The Victoria Line has now reopened after staff worked through the night to clear a flood of concrete in one of the signal rooms.

The main section of the line was suspended last night, delaying thousands of commuters, with the incident proving a major embarrassment for TfL in the press and on social media. Initial references to delays being caused by ‘flooding’ soon had to be updated when pictures of the incident were published.

Contractors had been pouring the concrete mixture into an escalator void, which had accidentally burst through into the control room, covering signalling equipment with up to a foot of fast-drying cement. It is reported that the engineers rushed out to buy sugar at a nearby supermarket to prevent the concrete setting so quickly.

Transport for London announced on its Twitter feed last night: “There’s no service btn Warren Street and Brixton while we fix damage caused by flooding at Victoria. Severe delays on the rest of the line.”

And the TfL Victoria Line account was providing passengers with updates and support to find alternative journeys home. This morning it tweeted: “Huge apologies for Victoria line yesterday, it's now running with a good service. Stay in touch for updates.”

The below picture, via TfL, shows the room back in a much better state after the concrete was cleared out.

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Colin Matthews   24/01/2014 at 16:32

Why is it an embarrassment for TFL, they were not responsible for pouring the concrete that was the contractors responsibility

Grahamh   24/01/2014 at 17:16

Glad it wasn't on Manchester Metrolink. The slightest thing seems to block the network for ages. Shudder to imagine for how long this would have closed down the service!

John Smith   24/01/2014 at 17:33

Management of contractors ??? ............Hmmmm...............

Maurice   26/01/2014 at 07:47

Why don't TfL name the contractors. I am sure the public would like to know the names of the private firm(s) (and probably the subcontractors) that caused the problem.

Colin Matthews   26/01/2014 at 12:17

Names withheld by Parliamentary Privilege possibly, after all there are lots of profits being syphoned off.

Rsquared   29/01/2014 at 22:02

A similar, but not as serious, shuttering failure happened on the Leeds 1st Project. In the late 1960's a 5m deep UTX was installed across Leeds Station and mothballed. As part of this Project's "Lift and Shift" work one half of this UTX was brought back into service. Cables were installed and commissioned before the M/H at the west end of the old platform 6 (now platform 10) was completed. Later, between this platform ramp and the M/H, wooden shuttering was constructed for a new O.L.E. portal base. During the concrete pour this shuttering failed and concrete poured down the M/H and into the bottom ducts burying the new cables. To this day these are the most secure cables in the Leeds Station area.

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