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Why is the Northern line worse than the others? No one seems to be quite sure, but it does mean plenty of "crowd control" practice for us tube workers

By Dan Kuper   October 2006

Whereas most tube lines are content to inflict delays, cancellations, signal failures and derailments in haphazard succession, the Northern “misery” line appears to bunch its catastrophes together for the greatest possible effect. Over the years, only the Central line has ever really given the Northern a run for its money. And, as if to prove the continuation of the duo’s supremacy, both these lines have recently suffered weeks of suspension after derailments.

Quite why the users of the Northern line have suffered so much more than the others is not clear. The bizarre layout of the line, making it look…

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