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London Underground's Jubilee Line 'shut 28 more times'

Waterloo Station platform
The Jubilee Line has been shutting on weekends since 2007

London Underground's Jubilee Line could be closed on up to 28 more weekends next year, Tube Lines has admitted.

The line has been regularly closed since February 2007 for upgrade work which has continually run over.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who has previously criticised Tube Lines over the closures, has now written to them for answers on the latest disclosure.

A Tube Lines spokeswoman said the closures were unavoidable but would bring benefits for passengers.

She said: "As all the independent experts have agreed, these closures are necessary.

"Tube Lines and London Underground need these closures - Tube Lines to get the work finished, London Underground for training their drivers."

She added: "The sooner the job is finished, the sooner the benefits will be felt by those who depend on the Jubilee line."

In August, London Underground suggested that the reputation of Tube Lines hinged on their performance with the Jubilee Line.

Transport for London have previously warned the company they "don't take this disruption lightly".

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