Severe delays are once again blighting the Piccadilly line more than a week after a shortage of trains first caused problems.
Thursday morning (December 1) saw a continuation of the major problems with the line, as services between Uxbridge and Rayners Lane suspended and a bus replacement in use between Acton Town and Rayners Lane.
Problems first emerged on Monday, November 21 when minor delays were reported due to a lack of available trains.
Central line services were also facing minor delays on Thursday caused by a shortage of trains.
The tube union RMT has responded to the chaos by saying the Piccadilly line should be closed and the Night Tube launch for the line delayed until trains are fixed and safe.
According to the RMT some of the trains have flatted wheels, which means the train has to be removed from service to have its wheels checked and repaired.
A statement from Transport for London said: “We have had to take some Piccadilly line trains out of service to repair the wheels which means we do not have a full fleet available.
“Please allow extra time for your journey or consider using other routes.
“We are working around the clock to make the wheels safe, so that we can return to a good service as quickly as possible.”
London Underground tickets are being accepted on local buses, Chiltern Railways, Great Western Railway, London Midland, Great Northern and London Overground.
Customers for stations between Ealing Common and Rayners Lane should change at Acton Town.
While customers for stations between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge should use the Metropolitan line.
A shuttle train service is in operation between Acton Town and Rayners Lane as well as a bus service between the two stations, which calls at Hanger Lane for the Central Lane instead of Park Royal.
The Northern line is also facing severe delays because of a fire alert at Archway.
District and London Overground services are also seeing minor delays, but there is a good service on all other lines.
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