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A swan on the tracks caused severe delays on the District line.

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There were severe delays between Whitechapel and Upminster, with minor delays on the rest of the line, for over an hour due to a swan on the track.

A spokesman for Transport for London confirmed the bird had landed on the tracks but has since been removed.

The delay comes before London Underground staff are due to begin a 48 hour strike at 9.30pm, and after severe delays due to a signal failure at Barking this morning.

Some used the opportunity to make puns at the bird’s expense.

Di Halliwell (@Mrsjanockie) tweeted: are you sure it wasn’t cygnet failure?

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