'Under-investment' on tubes 'leading to breakdowns'

A commuter keeps cool on the tube in London. Credit: Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

Transport union RMT has criticised government cuts to services after rail and tube commuters suffered rush-hour delays again today on another hot warning.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "We have warned that cuts to maintenance and under-investment on Tube and rail would lead to a spate of breakdowns in extreme weather and those warnings have been borne out with a vengeance last night and this morning."

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Travel disruption due to heat

Trains on some of the country's busiest routes were cancelled or delayed yesterday evening because of emergency engineering work and signalling problems, causing travel chaos for thousands of passengers.