Transport chiefs say the fallen tiles at Ealing Broadway only contained fibre glass and, although there is some “low-grade” asbestos in the roof, insist there is no risk to passengers.
However, the RMT claimed the panels also contained asbestos and have raised concerns over Tube staff who helped to clear up the mess. The union now wants workers who handled the tiles to be monitored and the station to be shut so any further material can be removed safely. General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“The incident at Ealing Broadway at the weekend was serious and both staff and passengers alike deserve action and reassurances. The fact that management won’t even meet with RMT reps to discuss the issues raised is appalling.
This incident cannot simply be brushed under the carpet. Ealing Broadway station should be closed to enable a proper safety assessment to be carried out and a programme of asbestos removal to be agreed.
Our members who were involved in the clear-up, without being warned that there was an asbestos hazard, deserve professional support and monitoring.”
A Transport for London spokesman said the incident happened overnight during the Easter weekend on one of the Central Line platforms when no passengers were present. He said:
“We are aware that a small part of the roofing of Ealing Broadway station has low grade asbestos. However we can reassure our customers that this has been thoroughly investigated by our specialist staff and poses no danger to our customers or staff.
We are now working to remove the asbestos from the affected part of the roof.”