Tube delays: Rush hour misery as Victoria line part suspended and District line severely delayed

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Commuters have been hit with severe rush hour disruption this morning as part of the Tube was suspended and two other lines hit with delays.

Crowds were forced to wait outside Victoria line stations after a “complex” signal points failure at Brixton sparked part of the line to be shut down.

All services between Brixton and Victoria have been suspended and the rest of the line has severe delays, Transport for London said.

Some trains sped past stations without stopping and Finsbury Park was temporarily closed to prevent overcrowding.

One photo showed massive crowds gathered outside south London’s Brixton station, where engineers began work to fix the signal failure.

Transport for London urged people to avoid the Victoria line and take alternative routes to work, as they apologised for the disruption.

“Been stuck outside Seven Sisters for ages,” one passenger Sarah Ismail wrote online. “Can’t even access Overground – what a joke!”

Tara Jennerr said on Twitter: “The Victoria line never fails me. Except today. Why today.”

Elsewhere on the network, a trespasser on the track earlier in east London also caused delays on part of the District line as passengers headed into work on Thursday morning.

People waiting to catch the train to work at Highbury and Islington station at around 8.30am. (Kien Tan)

The Overground saw minor delays between Stratford and both Richmond and Clapham Junction because of faulty trains.

Tickets for Victoria line passengers are being accepted on local buses, London Overground, Great Northern, Southeastern and South Western Railway.

TfL warned trains and stations were likely to be very congested.

Nigel Holness‎, London Underground’s Director for Network Operations, said: “I apologise to customers for the disruption on the Victoria line this morning, which is being caused by a complex signal points failure at Brixton. ‎Our engineers were on site immediately and identified the fault which we’re trying to fix as quickly as possible.  

“We’ve implemented a temporary reduced timetable which means we can give customers a regular train service whilst we fix the problem. ‎I advise customers to check our Twitter feeds and the TfL website for the latest updates to help them plan their journeys.‎” 


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