Suspended Due To Static

Yesterday evening, management's failure to fix the Northern line train radio led to the Edgware branch being suspended.

For years, there has been an intermittent problem with the radio on the Edgware branch, where static become such a problem that it is hard or even impossible to hear messages...


So, the marvellous Connect radio system has 'gone live' on the Bakerloo line.

Only problem is: it is affecting the volume of the PA, T-Test and DVA.

Will management ever get this right?!

Communication Breakdown

With a person on the track near Paddington, a driver was told by the Line Controller to remain at Royal Oak. The driver then got another call on the Connect system - which shows an 8-digit code rather than a caller ID - telling him to reform and giving authority to proceed, which he did....

Connect? Hello?

Connect is still causing chaos. The latest is that a DMT at Kings Cross called Victoria line control, but got through to the Met instead! And this is the system we are supposed to rely on for safety-critical messages!

Con Nect

Maybe you thought that the problems with Connect would have been overcome by now. Think again.

Recently, a driver needed to get the juice off at Upney following a one-under. After three unsuccessful attempts to send a Mayday message to the Controller on Connect, he had to give up and use his...

Connect Chaos Continues

And now it's time for ... Connect Phase 2! Oh yes it is.

With barely a pause for breath - let alone a chance to assess the numerous things that have gone wrong so far - management are ready to go full steam ahead.

But hey, why worry about the odd problem? Like, for example ...

  • The driver-to...


Tubeworker has kept reader informed of the numerous stumbling blocks along the road of Connect. And they continue to stumble.

Five days before the new equipment was due to go live on the District Line, they finally got round to doing operational testing on the road with local health and safety...

Who Put That Switch There?

Monday evening, the District Line was suspended for half an hour, H&C and Circle also suspended, and delays continued well into the evening.

The reason? Loss of train radio from Earl's Court. The reason for that? The Connect project had installed a changeover switch on the desk during the night...

Connect Kit

Staff at several stations are discovering to their alarm that Connect equipment has mysteriously appeared on their station. At Seven Sisters, AC condenser units on platform 3; at Elephant & Castle, kit with hydrogen-producing batteries in two of the station's rooms.

Naturally, staff have valid...

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