The incident, which the London Evening Standard stopped short of comparing to the Tokyo Nuclear Disaster, inconvenienced and upset thousands of commuters on their way to work.
But the â€œdisasterâ€ has no doubtÂ left a smile on the dial of Red Ken Livingstone, who is eager to get back in the municipal ring against beloved buffoon andÂ current Tory Lord Mayor Boris â€œBoJoâ€ Johnson.
The Jubilee Line, which will be crucial in pumping people around the city during the London 2012 Olympics, has been plagued with breakdowns for ages and last night began a comedy of errors affecting connecting routes.
Officials say a signal box cover fell off a train in West Ham causing power outs along the Jubilee Line, leading to problems on adjacent lines.
It was the second day in the row problems on the Jubilee Line caused closures along the route.
London today experienced its hottest day of the year so far – something like 24CÂ – andÂ many â€œswelteredâ€ for an hour in underground temperatures of 30C plus.
At least 1500 commuters were led along tracks and through tunnels from five Jubilee Line trains.
The free, throw-away London Evening Mail tonight screamed: â€œTRAPPED ON TUBE: Thousands stuck in the heat after metal falls on railsâ€.
One commuter, Jayesh Pankhania, a 40-year-old accountant from Chiswick, said: â€œItâ€™s ridiculous. Weâ€™re supposed to be a world-class city but we have a third-world transport system. When itâ€™s hot, I avoid the Tube if I can, if there was an alternative, I would use it.â€
It is unclear what Mr Pankhania has ever travelled on Victorian public transport in AustrtaliaÂ or any other train system in the world.
Good news, however, for fans of Red Ken Livingstone, who came out strongly against the current mayorâ€™s handling of the issue.
The former Lord Mayor, who is campaigning around the capital, slammed BoJo, saying: â€œThere is no sense that the Mayor has a grip on the Tube. The Olympics are little over a year away, fares are soaring over inflation, and delays and chaos on the Tube are unresolved. Commuters are fed up with claims from the Mayorâ€™s office that everything is improving.â€
No word yet from the Red Cross about plans to create a “â€ funds.
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