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The RMT union is calling on TfL to totally shut down the Piccadilly line until the trains are fixed

Isabelle Aron

If you regularly use the Piccadilly line, you'll have noticed that it's been a bit of a nightmare lately. And that's putting it lightly. The trains have been way more infrequent than usual, meaning longer waiting times (nine minutes?!) and overcrowded carriages. Why? Er, because of 'a shortage of available trains'. Which has lead some people to wonder, where have they all gone?

Well, around half of the line's trains have been taken out of service because of damage caused by leaves on the line and wet weather. TfL hopes to have the full fleet repaired 'within weeks', but it's not clear how many exactly, which isn't particularly reassuring.

And now the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is calling for TfL to consider closing the Piccadilly line until the issues are resolved. The RMT has even suggested postponing the launch of the night tube. Not again! Who knew leaves could be the cause of so much commuting misery?

Photo: Daniel Coyle/Flickr

In other crap tube news, there's going to be a 24-hour tube strike on the Piccadilly and Hammersmith and City lines


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