Bakerloo line on Tube: ‘No tunnel collapse’ at Embankment says Transport for London

10:40 26 April 2012

Reports on a tunnel collapse on the Bakerloo line of the Tube at Embankment are untrue, Transport for London insists.

There is currently no service between Piccadilly Circus and Elephant and Castle due to a tunnel “obstruction” at Embankment.

There are severe delays on the rest of the line.

Reports from the RMT union and a flurry of comments on Twitter suggested part of a tunnel had collapsed.

While it appears a Tube train clipped the wall inside the tunnel after overnight engineering works had taken place, TfL says the tunnel has not collapsed and there is no danger of it doing so.

Nigel Holness, London Underground’s operations director, said: “There is no tunnel collapse in the Bakerloo line, nor is there any flooding or any injuries.

“It is wrong and irresponsible to suggest otherwise.

“Our engineers and emergency response unit are on site assessing the situation and have advised there is no flooding or risk of flooding or any collapse of the tunnel.

“We are working to resolve the issue and restore Tube services as soon as possible.

“There is currently no service on the Bakerloo line between the Elephant and Castle and Piccadilly Circus.

“There are delays on the rest of the Bakerloo line. We apologise to customers for any delayed journeys this morning.

“The problems this morning are not in any way connected with the industrial action taken by some maintenance workers on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, which has had no impact since the strike began.”

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