Commuters in London were left confused after receiving an email from TfL saying Central Line services were being suspended
The proposed closure came this afternoon, with TfL blaming a lack of staff.
It would have prevented Londoners from using the Central Line, with no trains running apart from a shuttle service between Leytonstone and Epping.
The closure could have resulted in thousands of people struggling to get home during rush hours.
After announcing their plans, TfL pulled out and announced that the service would indeed go live.
There was much confusion among commuters, with some taking to social media to share their anger.
Here’s everything you need to know about whether the Central Line is running today.
Does the Central Line run today?
Yes, the Central Line runs as usual today.
There was widespread confusion after an email from TfL to commuters circulated on Twitter this afternoon telling them the Central Line would have to close tonight.
Greater Anglia reported that TfL would begin “shutting down” the Central Line from 5pm, with a “full closure expected by 6.30pm”.
Commuters were advised to arrive earlier or take an alternative route.
The TfL statement advised passengers: “Plan ahead, check before you travel and allow more time for your journey. We apologize for the disruption to your trip.”
However, they then changed their tune, stating that the services would no longer be closed and would now remain open.
Commuters were confused, with many taking to Twitter to contact TfL for confirmation.
One Twitter user tweeted: “What’s up with the Central Line today? An email from TfL says it closes early at 5.30am followed by another email saying it doesn’t!’
With the response of the TfL: “There will be a normal service on the central line. The Central Line will operate at its normal scheduled end tonight. ”
Why did TfL say it will close?
There was widespread confusion when TfL changed to say there would indeed be service on the Central Line.
In a statement to the Evening Standard, they blamed staff shortages for the planned closure, saying: “Cover has been found and a normal Central Line service will operate until the end of the evening”.
There were condemnations from Londoners who only learned the news a few hours in advance.
Wes Streeting, Shadow Health & Social Care Secretary and Labor MP for Ilford North in East London, tweeted that the proposed cancellation was a “completely unacceptable level of service from TfL”.
Adding: “I will be taking this up with the TFL Commissioner, the Deputy Mayor for Transport and the Mayor of London. Passengers deserve better.”
He later removed his tweet and gave an update after speaking to London Mayor Saqik Khan.
Streeting said: “I’ve just had an update that the Central Line service is now running as TfL have now managed to cover staff absences. Deleted my original tweet to avoid confusion. Many thanks to the MayorofLondon team for the prompt reply.”
What is Central Line status?
According to TfL, the status for the Central Line is today: “Minor delays due to train cancellations. “
The line is operating as usual but there seem to be some cancellations causing longer journeys.
The Central Line is one of the busiest underground lines in London.
Regularly used by tourists and commuters, it has connections to major London train stations such as Liverpool Street and Oxford Circus.
It is one of the capital’s longest lines, running from Epping in Essex to Ealing Broadway and West Ruislip in west London.