Weekend closure chaos

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Tue, 04/10/2005 - 22:24,

Last weekend's closure at the east end of the Picc caused chaos at Wood Green.

Drivers nearly stopped the job in protest at poor organisation and conditions. The gates swallowed singles and returns because they had not been reprogrammed, the DMIs showed the wrong destinations, rubbish built up because no manager thought to organise more collections, the replacement buses were crap, and there were not enough extra station staff duties to cope with the crowds.

Some bright spark (who, presumably, does not actually work on the front line), decided it was OK to close the Picc east of Wood Green on a day that Arsenal were playing at home. Tubeworker rubs our hands in anticipation of 5th November, when there is another closure, this time whilst one of London's most popular fireworks displays takes place at Ally Pally.

Spare a thought, though, for Wood Green station staff. Their management won't even provide refreshments during the closures. Tight-fisted? You think?

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