London Tube driver accidentally stops at abandoned train

London Tube driver accidentally stops at abandoned train

London Tube driver accidentally stops at abandoned train station that has been closed for 25 years leaving passengers baffled

  • Charing Cross Jubilee station closed its doors on November 19, 1999
  • Passengers stood in shock and one even tried to open the tube door and get off

An entire train was left ‘flabbergasted’ last weekend when they ended up at an abandoned tube station, which has been closed for almost 25 years.

These unassuming commuters thought they were on an ordinary Jubilee Line service on July 30, but one wrong turn meant they ended up at Charing Cross Jubilee Station.

Charing Cross Jubilee station has been closed since November 19, 1999.

One ‘blown away’ passenger boarded the train at Green Park with the intention of reaching Westminster.

They told Reddit how they thought something looked ‘unusual’ about what they originally though was the Westminster stop.

They wrote: ‘As the train came out of the tunnel, I noticed that Westminster station looked unusual and as the train slowed I noticed the roundels said Charing Cross and not Westminster.’

Passengers were left ‘flabbergasted’ when their train stopped at a tube station which has been disused for 25 years (pictured Charing Cross station)

The train ended up at Charing Cross tube station because of a mistake at the Green Park control room, according to the Reddit user

The train driver admitted via intercom that they had no clue what had happened. Passengers stood in shock, while one even tried to open the door, but they weren’t allowed to alight.

Shortly after, the tube driver returned giggling, explaining to travelers that the Green Park control room sent the train down the wrong path.

Because of the wrong turn, they then had to turn the train into a Northbound train, returning to Green Park where all the passengers hoped off, the Reddit user explained.

Some people on the platforms were envious they weren’t on the strange journey too. 

One user commented: ‘That’s kind of awesome. I love stuff like this. I wish I’d been this tube.’

Another even brought the Marvel Universe into it and said: ‘You’ve solved the mystery as to how Thor got from Charing Cross to Greenwich on one tube.’

A friend of another traveler onboard took to Twitter to share an eerie photo of the abandoned station.

‘London Underground cursed image as my friend’s train somehow went to the wrong stop after Green Park. how often does this happen on the Jubilee?’ 

Charing Cross station (pictured) closed its doors for the final time in November 19, 1999. It is still used for tours by the London Transport Museum. Some visitors pay up to £44 to visit the abandoned station

A TfL spokesperson said: ‘A Jubilee line train was sent from Green Park station to sidings at Charing Cross on Sunday afternoon as part of a plan to restore the timetabled service after some trains ran later than scheduled. 

‘Due to a miscommunication, the doors closed before all customers had left the train and it continued to the sidings before returning straight back to Green Park to allow those customers to leave the train. 

‘We apologise for the disruption this caused to their journeys, and we can assure Londoners that this train movement was routine, entirely safe and controlled by our signaling system.’

 The Charing Cross Jubilee Line Station closed it’s doors for the final time nearly quarter of a century ago.

Until the 1970’s the Jubilee line operated eastbound to westbound, running through tunnels beneath the Strand part of the station.

Charing Cross tube station was originally separated into two, with the Jubilee section travelling between the Northern Line and Bakerloo tunnels.  

On April 30, 1979 , the Jubilee Line was opened by a young King Charles, sealed with an inaugural train route also from Green Park to Charing Cross.

However, 20 years later the station was shut for construction that never eventually came to fruition.

More  complex path and curves required to extend the Jubilee line south to Waterloo via Charing Cross, would have rendered the route illogical.

Then Prince Charles opened the Charing Cross Jubilee station on April 30, 1979. Pictured here on the inaugural train route from Green Park to Charing Cross

Charles, then Prince of Wales, going up the escalators in Charing Cross tube station. One anonymous passenger said they were still ‘blown away’ by the free trip to the disused station

Therefore, the decision was made to create a new route from Green Park, thus closing Charing Cross Jubilee station.

The station is sometimes used by drivers to inconspicuously reverse their trains from southbound to northbound.

Some people even pay up to £44 to visit the disused Charing Cross station, so some passengers were happy to get the visit for free.

A passenger who asked to remain anonymous told the BBC: ‘I’m still blown away at what happened, maybe because I got a free trip to an abandoned Tube station.’

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