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London tube lines suspended over Grenfell Tower safety

Searches take place at Grenfell Tower. Credit: PA

Two London tube lines have been partly suspended amid safety concerns at Grenfell Tower.

The Hammersmith and City Line has been suspended between Edgware Road and Hammersmith due to the blaze four days ago, Transport for London said.

Coupled with planned engineering work, the safety concerns around the fire mean the Circle Line is closed.

A sign at Ladbroke Grove station said "owing to the safety of the Tower" the lines had been partly suspended.

London Fire Brigade said the lines had been temporarily closed because of a "short-term risk of some debris falling onto the tracks".

A spokesperson said teams were working to secure the debris so the lines could be reopened as soon as possible.

At least 30 people died in the fire and 70 are reported missing.

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Tube drivers set to strike again for 24 hours on August 5

Another tube strike announced for August 5 Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

The London Underground drivers union has announced drivers will stage another 24-hour tube strike, from 9.30pm on August 5, as the dispute over the new all-night tube continues.

The decision to stage another strike came as both sides in the dispute were invited to hold fresh talks in a bid to avert a repeat of last week's industrial action.

Unions are unhappy about pay and rosters for the new service, which is due to start on September 12.

Tube driver arrested for being 'drunk in charge of a train'

A Tube driver has been arrested after allegedly being drunk in charge of a train, according to reports.

The 50-year-old man's colleagues reportedly smelled alcohol on the driver's breath after he had been at the controls of a northbound Jubilee Line train on Saturday afternoon.

A 50-year-old Tube driver has been arrested after allegedly being drunk in charge of a train (file photo) Credit: PA

The driver, who has not been named, allegedly kept driving the train after he had been meant to take a break.

He was arrested after failing to provide a breath sample.

A British Transport Police spokeswoman said: “I can confirm that officers were called to Queensbury London Underground station shortly after 3pm on Saturday.

“A 50-year-old man has been arrested under the Transport and Works Act and has been released on police bail until Wednesday, 2 April pending further enquiries.”

A TfL spokesman said the man had been suspended while investigations are continuing.

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Modern tube map designer honoured

Harry Beck's design has become a London icon and influenced the design of many Metro maps across the globe. Credit: English Heritage

The man behind the modern tube map will be honoured today - the 80th anniversary of its first being published.

An English Heritage Blue Plaque will be unveiled at Harry Beck's birthplace in Leyton in east London.

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'Mind the Gap' voice to be restored

An iconic 'Mind the Gap' announcement is to be restored at Embankment Tube station. Credit: Katie Collins/PA Wire

An old version of London Underground's iconic 'Mind the Gap' announcement is to be restored at Embankment Tube station, after the widow of the actor who recorded it asked for the chance to hear her husband's voice again.

Oswald Laurence made the recording more than 40 years ago and could be heard all over the capital until it was phased out.

Embankment eventually became the only station to play the message, with Mr Laurence's widow telling staff she used to go there after his death so she could listen to his voice until it was eventually discontinued there too.

London Underground director Nigel Holness said: "Transport for London were approached by the widow of Oswald Laurence to see whether she could get a copy of the iconic 'mind the gap' announcement her husband made over 40 years ago.

"We were very touched by her story, so staff tracked down the recording and not only were they able to get a copy of the announcement on CD for her to keep but are also working to restore the announcement at Embankment station."

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