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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."


Tube staff to go on strike

Tube workers have voted to go on strike in a row over jobs and conditions of the service.

Workers have decided to go on strike in a row over jobs.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said almost 100 of its members based at a control centre had overwhelmingly backed a campaign of industrial action.

General secretary Bob Crow said:"This group of workers are absolutely key to delivering the service on the Piccadilly line and sub-surface railway and the way that they have been treated by the management at a time when the system is under intense pressure is nothing short of shocking."

'No tunnel collapse' on London Underground

A tunnel has not collapsed on the Bakerloo tube line near Embankment, Transport for London confirmed. For more on this story visit ITV London.

There is no tunnel collapse. There was a small defect in a tunnel wall, which was hit by a tube train - nobody has been hurt.

Structural engineers are at the scene and they hope to get things moving in a couple of hours.

– Tfl spokesperson

Tube strike remains 'on', says RMT leader

Union leader Bob Crow said London Underground management offered 'nothing' Credit: ITN

Leader of the RMT Bob Crow said the tube strike will go ahead after talks between London Underground bosses and the union failed to reach an agreement over pensions.

He said: "The action next week remains on and it is the management's intransigence that is responsible for the disruption travellers can expect."

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