Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
57 tube stations in the city are at high risk of flooding, warns a recent London Underground report.
A report from the London Underground has warned that some of the busiest tube stations in London are at a high risk of flooding, including Waterloo, Notting Hill Gate, Marble Arch, Finsbury Park and London Bridge.
The report, which finds the risk of flooding is rising rapidly, cautioned that these popular names do only constitute a small number of tube stations at risk, and that it is only a matter of time before extreme flooding causes masses of damage, leading to serious costs for the UK, as well as the potential dangers the flooding could cause for those using the stations.
The London tube network is one of the busiest in the world, with over 3.5 million passengers passing through its 270 stations every day. Any damage, regardless of its scale, would be detrimental to passengers, businesses and residents.
“The results of this report are shocking, as are its implications,” says Fraser Ruthven, Head of Marketing at London Drainage Facilities (LDF).
“Back in 2014 the Guardian revealed that the government money being spent to prepare the UK for the huge impact of global warming had almost halved. It is extremely important that precautions are taken to ensure the worst is prevented to save our tube network and to ensure the safety of the public.
“The London Underground has requested £3 million over the next 3 years to investigate the locations at the highest risk and to install preventative measures. However, as the report states, much more funding will be needed to significantly reduce the risk.”
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