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

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Commuters were 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 were suspended and the rest of the line had severe delays, Transport for London said.

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

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

Crowds at Highbury and Islington station on Thursday morning. (Kien Tan)

“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.”

TfL warned the disruption could cause knock-on congestion elsewhere on the Tube as people reported buses “packed to capacity”.

But by 10am, the earlier disruption on the line was resolved and the route was working with just minor delays.

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

The disruption hit between Earl’s Court and Ealing Broadway, Richmond and Wimbledon but services got back to normal at around 9.20am.

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

The Overground saw temporary 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.

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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