Jubilee Line commuters will be disgruntled to hear that the silver route is going to be shut down for 30 days over the next two years due to ‘acidic water’ seeping in from the surrounding soil. The troublesome water, which is a similar strength to vinegar, is apparently slowly eating away at the tunnel linings and it will cost £40 million to fix up between Waterloo and Finchley Road. The first closure will take place on June 16, followed by Bank Holiday Monday (August 26), October 12/13 and then up to six days over Christmas. Although most of the work will take place at night and on Sundays, there are fears that there will be a late return to Monday morning service and as the line serves over 650,000 passengers a day, there could be a few thousand unhappy commuters. Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Lib-Dem group at the London Assembly and of the Assembly’s transport committee, suggested: ‘Instead of more than 18 months of repeated weekend and holiday closures I question whether one intensive block closure, perhaps in August, would be both cheaper and less disruptive. We don’t want yet more closures for Jubilee line passengers dragging on into 2015.’
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