Wednesday, 23 September 2015

23/24 September 1940: The London Underground on this day 75 years ago

Seventeenth day/night of the London Blitz.

On Monday 23 September 1940, Oxford Circus station was closed due to water on the track, cause unknown.[1]

At 05:00 on the 24th, a bomb damaged the roof and caused flooding at Mile End station on the District line,[2] although services on the line between Whitechapel and Bow Road resumed at 08:30.[3]

Swiss Cottage Bakerloo/Metropolitan line station was closed at 07:20 due to a Delayed Action bomb, but Bakerloo line services resumed at 08:45.[3]

At 08:00 on the 24th, the following exceptions to normal working were reported:
Northern line
Woodside Park to Finchley closed.

District line
Bow Road to Whitechapel closed.
Mansion House to St James's Park closed - bomb on the Embankment.

East London line
Whole line closed.

Piccadilly line
Arnos Grove, Cockfosters, and Russell Square stations.[4]
[1]Railway Executive Committee: Files: Form RWD1, 06:00-18:00 23/09/40, sheet 1 [Kew: National Archives, reference AN 2/1104]
[2] Railway Executive Committee: Files: Form D2, 18:00 23/09/40 to 06:00 24/09/40, sheet 2 [Kew: National Archives, reference AN 2/1104]
[3]Railway Executive Committee: Files: Form RWD1, 06:00-18:00 24/09/40, sheet 4 [Kew: National Archives, reference AN 2/1104]
[4] Ministry of Home Security, Key Points Intelligence Directorate: Reports and Papers, Daily Reports - September 1940: Railway Situation Report at 08:00 24/09/40, page 1 [Kew: National Archives, reference HO 201/2]


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