Monday, 20 September 2010

20/21 September 1940: The London Underground on this day 70 years ago

Fourteenth day/night of the London Blitz.

On Friday 20th September 1940, an Unexploded Bomb was reported at the Metropolitan line's Neasden Depot, in sheds between roads 17 & 18.[1]

On the District line, Earl's Court to Parson's Green services were suspended due to a Delayed Action bomb (DA) at West Brompton, while services were resumed between Ladbroke Grove and Addison Road (see map below) at 16:10 on the 20th.[2]

Northern line services between Golder's Green and Brent (now Brent Cross) were suspended due to a DA.[2]

A DA was reported adjacent to the track at Alperton station at 21:15; trains were reversed at Ealing Common and South Hounslow. At 21:28, nearby fires closed Lambeth North station on the Bakerloo line.[3]

There was further disruption at Wood Lane area, when a DA was reported between there and Action; trains reversed at Wood Lane.[3]

[1] Ministry of Home Security, Key Points Intelligence Directorate: Reports and Papers, Daily Reports - September 1940: Damage Appreciation 20-21/09/40, page 2 [Kew: National Archives, reference HO 201/2]
[2] Railway Executive Committee: Files: Form RWD1, 06:00-18:00 20/09/40, sheet 1 [Kew: National Archives, reference AN 2/1104]
[3] Railway Executive Committee: Files: Form RWD2, 18:00 20/09/40 to 06:00 21/09/40, sheet 2 [Kew: National Archives, reference AN 2/1104]


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