Commuters panic in tube fault

Terrified passengers frantically tried to escape a tube on the Central Line on Sunday, after it began "filling up with smoke". The problem is believed to have been caused by a brake fault.

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Brake fault caused tube to get stuck at Holland Park

A spokesperson for Transport for London has said a fault that caused a tube to get stuck at Holland Park forcing passengers to panic, is believed to have been caused by the brakes being locked against the wheels of the train.

The spokesman added that the doors were not opened in case passengers climbed onto the live tracks as the train was not fully in the station.

Holland Park Tube station was closed from 6.40pm to 7.23pm on Sunday 25 August.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) were called as a precaution following reports of a small amount smoke under a train.

The Central line was held for around 15 minutes. The LFB gave the all clear and the central line resumed service at 6.54pm and the station reopended at 7.23pm.

We apologise to customers for the inconvenience. Our staff were on hand on the platform to assist passengers leaving the train.

A station supervisor opened one of the doors to allow customers off the carriages before other train doors were opened.

We worked hard to reopen the station as soon as possible and resume services.

– Nigel Holness, Operations Director for London Underground


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