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Victoria Line: Concrete Bungle Hits Tube
A stretch of a London Tube line has been closed - after workers let cement leak into a signal control room.
The Victoria Line was shut down between Warren Street in the centre of the capital and Brixton in the south.
Sparking rush-hour chaos, the blunder came as contractors carried out work as part of a long-term overhaul of Victoria Station.
Tens of thousands of commuters were left searching for an alternative way to get home, with Transport for London saying the line would be affected for the rest of the day.
Nigel Holness, London Underground's operations director, said: "This afternoon our contractors were working on the new station in an area next to the Victoria line signal control room.
"These works involved the use of water and cement which leaked into the room, damaging equipment.
"This has meant there are no signals working on the southern section of the line.
"Our engineers are working hard to resolve the situation as soon as possible to get services back up and running, but the line is expected to be affected for the remainder of the day while repairs are carried out."
Passengers were initially told the closure was due to "flooding" at Victoria Station.
But pictures subsequently posted on the UsVsth3m website appeared to show a layer of cement in the affected room.