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Published on : Thursday, December 1, 2016
The Piccadilly Line acts as a liaison between the busy Heathrow Airport and Central London, where trains are supposed to run after every five minutes. But due to the mechanical snags, the gaps are increasing to almost 15 minutes between two trains in the rush hours. The delays are worrying the air passengers as the risk of missing their flights are increasing day by day. Some of the passengers in the line have also complained about the packed trains during rush hours, which make it very difficult to board the trains with luggage from the stations in Central London.
Apart from the mechanical snags in the trains, cold snap, water on the tracks etc. also triggers numerous delays. According to sources, the trains, which are older than 40 years are causing most of the problems in the line.
The general manager for the Piccadilly line, Tony Matthews has informed that they do not have a full fleet available to run a good service and they will continue working around the clock to repair the wheels so that they can return to giving their customers the high level of service that they deserve as quickly as possible.
The delays have forced the RMT union to call for ‘serious consideration to the Piccadilly line being closed’.
According to the general secretary of the union, Mick Cash, the entire Piccadilly line fleet of trains has got a major engineering problem, which has finally boiled over.
Apart from the Piccadilly line, travellers can also use the Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express rail services to reach the airport from the city but both the lines are more expensive than the Piccadilly line.