Page last updated at 17:42 GMT, Monday, 17 October 2005 18:42 UK

Tube line service being restored

Northern Line train
Passengers are advised to check before they travel

Trains are now stopping at all stations on the Northern Line, after the entire fleet was withdrawn for emergency maintenance work.

London Underground (LU) has advised passengers to check before they travel as there are still significant delays.

Trains were suspended last Wednesday night after drivers walked out in a row over emergency brakes.

LU said 68 out of 91 trains were now running, but a full service was not expected to resume until Wednesday.

Replacement bus services remain in place and additional services will also run where possible on Monday.

Busiest line

Drivers refused to work on the Northern Line because of a series of failures on the emergency brakes, which stop the train if it runs through a red signal.

A spokesman for LU said: "We have been working 24 hours a day to get services restored on the Northern line and were determined to do so as quickly as we could.

"Tube Lines were able to make the modifications to all.... trains quicker than they had originally expected."

He also said sufficient numbers of drivers had been briefed on modification procedures to allow services to operate on the entire line - the busiest on the network.

LU used emergency powers to oversee modifications of the trains by Tube Lines and its sub contractor Alstom.



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