Rail union RMT have warned of Tube overcrowding following the news that Oxford Circus Underground station was found to have closed 112 times in the past year.
The union has warned that the Tube network is “bursting at the seams”, calling for a transport safety summit with Transport for London .
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said; "The news today that Oxford Circus has had to be closed 112 times in the past year due to severe overcrowding is the clearest warning yet that the tube network is bursting at the seams.
“It also confirms that the only buffer between that overcrowding and a major tragedy is station and platform staff taking life-or-death decisions to manage the massive pressure on the system.
"RMT is now receiving regular reports from our reps of severe overcrowding on both the tube and the commuter rail services. All the indicators are that passenger numbers will continue to surge, cramming more people into a capacity that is already at breaking point.
"RMT has repeatedly demanded a transport safety summit in London involving unions, TFL, Network Rail and the train operators where we can openly discuss the staffing, capacity and safety issues that have to be addressed. At the moment the transport authorities are winging it and that is a recipe for disaster. "
Transport for London however, told Getwestlondon that work is under way to help avoid overcrowding at peak times.
They also said that Oxford Circus closes in an effort to avoid overcrowding at the station, for the safety of Tube users.
Steve Griffiths, Chief Operating Officer at London Underground , said: "Oxford Circus is one of our busiest stations with nearly 100 million people passing through it each year.
“The safety of our customers is our top priority, which is why staff sometimes have to close it for short periods in order to avoid overcrowding on the platforms.
“We are working hard to reduce pressure on the station, and on Monday Central line trains will stop again at Tottenham Court Road, helping to ease congestion.
“Major upgrade work is well underway at Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street stations, which will significantly increase capacity for the whole area.
"The opening of two new Crossrail stations in 2019 will also help to further reduce congestion.
“We thanks customers for their patience and will continue to keep the situation at Oxford Circus under review."