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Out-of-action Piccadilly line trains are causing rush hour delays

Isabelle Aron

If you usually get to work on the Piccadilly line, it probably hasn't escaped your notice that it's been a bit of a shambles lately. But it's not the usual 'planned engineering work' that's at fault – it's down to a lack of trains, which we can all agree are a pretty fundamental part of the service. Since last week, the Piccadilly line's official Twitter account has been reporting delays 'due to a lack of available trains', much to the collective groan of London's commuters.

The Piccadilly line is the fourth busiest tube line on the network and usually has 80 trains in service during peak times. But TfL is currently carrying out repair works on the line's rolling stock of trains and says that while the repairs are being carried out, there have been nine or ten trains out of service during busy times. But the RMT's general secretary Mick Cash says that up to 17 trains are out of action because of 'flat wheels' and that the rolling stock crisis is 'wholly down to a lack of investment and corner-cutting to try and cover up the facts'. Hmm. It doesn't quite add up, but it looks like the delays are set to continue at the moment. On the plus side, it gives us something new to moan about – because banging on about the night tube was getting a bit old, wasn't it?

Keep an eye on @piccadillyline for updates.

Or sack off the Underground and use TfL's walking tube map.

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