London Underground runaway train excitement

13 August 2010

Bitterwallet - London UndergroundYou've got to love the London Underground. Dirty, hot, expensive, in a constant state of disrepair and dogged by frequent delays, it's one of the worst examples in the world - and now its letting trains roll about the tracks of their own free will just before rush hour begins.

A driverless runaway train managed to travel four miles through the London Underground this morning. The engineering train became uncoupled on the Northern line near Warren Street and trundled along the track until it eventually stopped.

According to the BBC, the train was being towed shortly before 7am this morning when it uncoupled under central London. Unsurprisingly, a full investigation has been launched although a runaway train without a driver posed no safety risk whatsoever according to TfL.

TOPICS:   Travel   UK News

22 comments

  • Doris
    Did it go over the hill? Whoo-hoo!
  • Jason
    Not exactly expensive in comparison to bus travel in Yorkshire...£2 to travel 4 miles on a bus, £1.30 to travel 12 miles on the tube.
  • Daniel Z.
    Queue Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock... On a side note... Not only did it pose no risk but apparently it was slow moving despite rolling four miles... Makes you wonder how fast the things go when they're meant to be moving (and why the fuck they're always late)...
  • Bloke
    £1.30 to travel 12 miles on the Tube? Where? I pay £3.60 to go about 6 or 7 miles.
  • Doris
    I help organise the underground and it's a lot smaller than you think. The trains only go about two to three miles in total. All that walking through the stations to get to the trains actually covers over two thirds of the distance. Becasue it's mostly underground most people don't notice. Several of the stations in the centre are actuallly just one big station with diffferently labelled exits; the trains nip around in a loop that's about the length of a rolercoaster. It was a genius design.
  • Daniel Z.
    Genius? It doesn't work tho!
  • Ballu
    new way to save on staff by LU Docklands rail is ALWAYS driverless...
  • Doris
    It works for waht it was meant for. It makes loads of money for our 'special projects' that are kept off book (mosty cars, toys or our cool new speedboat) and the really high temperatures produced by by all that overcrouding (not an accident as we normally lead you to think) are used to generate electricity for the 'lab'. This computer is being powerd by two hundred sweaty punters on the circle line right now!
  • Deejay
    £2 to go 2.8 miles here. Robbing Arriva twats.
  • Rob
    Londoners always moan about the tube. The fact is is cost peanuts compaired to running a car and there's a train every few minutes. Try living in a village out in the sticks. Probably 2 busses a day that will cost you £4 and about an hour to go 5 miles. I think living in a large town / small city is the way to go. Cheap parking, little traffic but still lots going on.
  • BobF
    @Bloke, depends how many zones you cross. With £1.80 on an Oyster card you could travel a very long way...around the circle line.
  • -]
    £2 up in the north just to go one bus stop away. And southerners complain about the cost!
  • Obadiah
    In my day it was a million pounds just to go one stop, the bus only came at 2 in the morning and you had to push the bus yourself, and push it back again afterwards. But you try telling that to the young people today, and they just won't believe you.
  • Paul C.
    I went on something similar at Disney World in 1995. It wasn't just content with running away once. Oh no. It ran away three times. On the third time it ended up in a hostel.
  • Northerner a.
    "£2 up in the north just to go one bus stop away" put the greggs down and walk then you lazy bar steward
  • Mr G.
    If it "posed no safety risk whatsoever" why not get rid of all the drivers and then there be no accidents! Boris, are you listening?
  • -]
    I don't use the bus, too claustrophobic. "Just walk" isn't very good advice for the sick or late-term pregnant or people with small children. See, it is called putting yourself in someone else's situation, tit.
  • Stephen
    @Obadiah. A bus at 2 in the morning and you had to push the bus yourself? Tha's lucky. We'd t'gerrup at midnight, build t'bus ourselves, leave by one in t'morning, push it through all t'villages pickin' up locals on t'way, pay two milliion quid and donate one leg each, and then push it back all time though we were just able to hop. But you try telling that t'young people nowadays ...
  • Phil M.
    Imagine siffting through the piles of iPhones, iPads and iPods if it did crash? A terrible thought.
  • marky m.
    So what? Happened in London, so only 4 million illegals and ignorant miserable London bastards were at risk, but only if they stood in the way of the thing. Meanwhile, 56 million people were completely unaffected. Next story please.
  • Stephen
    @Marky Mark. Begging your pardon, but that's not 4 million - it is 7,556,900 illegals and ignorant miserable London bastards! Thank you!
  • Krafty
    'One of the worst examples in the world'...um, except for most other metros then. I mean, what exactly does the author think was going on overnight in the tunnel? Were the blokes in orange jackets having an illicit rave perhaps?! Or perhaps -- just perhaps -- they were trying to squeeze a night's work into the 3 hour gap that they get to do any work on the Tube at all (during the week). Yes the upgrade works are being managed appallingly esp at weekends...but London Underground did NOT create the ludicrous PPP system (now thankfully abandoned), for that we can thank one Gordon Brown and special adviser Shriti 'Green Shoots' Vadera. And it bears repeating that for most of the 70s, 80s and 90s, the Tube was simply left untouched. The signalling at Edgware Road is 100+ years old! That is not funny -- trying to upgrade that is like trying to load iTunes onto a gramophone, so even the new equipment doesn't work out of the box (see Jubilee Line every weekend). And yes, accidents do happen -- but nobody died, so lets not have any more stupid safety scares. After all, it's partly thanks to Elf n Safety, and the litany of ambulance-chasing lawyers, that the cost of transport provision and investment in the UK is so much higher than most European countries. Anyway I'd better stop there before I start introducing any actual facts into the discussion. That'd never do.

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