Safety first: close the station!

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Tue, 03/07/2018 - 19:05,

Staff and punters at Oxford Circus were horrified yesterday (2 July) when a pipe burst and what appeared to be raw sewage and effluence began gushing from the ceiling by the Argyll Gateline. This followed a similar incident earlier in the day by Exit 4.

An ABM cleaner was drafted in to clear up the mess, some absorbent bags put down, and the area cordoned off... but the station remained open.

Tubeworker asks: what would it take for some managers to close a station? Surely it's not safe to keep a station in operation with raw sewage gushing from the ceiling?!

We note that this is not the first time this type of incident has occurred at Oxo. In November 2016, something similar happened, leading to effluence flowing down one of the escalators. And there has been more than one incident involving water ingress into the station, which also involved water leaking from the ceiling.

There are obviously some serious infrastructural issues that need addressing. Tubeworker reminds all readers that safety is paramount. If staff are having to work next to a gushing flow of sewage... maybe the station shouldn't be open?

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