Clearly, these photos scream ‘Photoshop hoax!’. Supposedly showing the Victoria line signal control room having been engulfed in a tidal wave of liquid concrete, the appropriate reaction to these pictures is obviously: “Oh, sure. A maintenance crew ACCIDENTALLY sprayed a few feet worth of concrete around. What next? Inadvertently repairing an escalator?”. So how we chortled as we called TfL. How we congratulated ourselves at the thought of exposing a hoax… and… it turns out there is no hoax.
Yep, according to a statement from Nigel Holness, LU’s Operations Director, ‘This afternoon our contractors were working on the new station in an area next to the Victoria line signal control room. These works involved the use of water and cement which leaked into the room, damaging equipment. This has meant there are no signals working on the southern section of the line.’
Apparently there’ll be a ‘limited replacement bus service’, calling at all stations between Green Park and Brixton. Tickets will also be accepted on South Eastern Trains, South West Trains, Greater Anglia, London Overground and London Buses via ‘reasonable routes’ (your guess is as good as ours as to what that means).
But just to be clear: TFL MANAGED TO SPILL ENOUGH CONCRETE TO DROWN A CONTROL ROOM.
And here’s what probably happened at the time: