Passengers coming into and travelling around London are set for more misery today (December 13) with the start of Souther Rail strikes and continued delays on the Piccadilly Line.
There will be no Southern Rail services on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday this week (December 13, 14 and 16) due to a strike by drivers.
The RMT is currently embroiled in a bitter dispute over the role of conductors, while ASLEF is opposed to GTR's plans to further roll out "driver-only operated" train services.
Meanwhile there will continue to be "severe delays" on the Piccadilly Line because some trains on the line have been taken out of service so their wheels can be repaired.
London Underground tickets are being accepted on local buses, Chiltern Railways, Great Western Railway, South West Trains, Great Northern and London Overground.
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Final post for today
We’ll leave you this thought from a rail passenger which seems to sum up many people’s disappointment with the Piccadilly line
Delays are still running at around 15 to 20 minutes, so if you can plan your journey in advance
Southern strike talks
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has commented on the ACAS talks with ASLEF tomorrow:
Charles Horton, CEO of GTR, said:
We reached out to ASLEF as we said we would and now welcome the opportunity to discuss a way forward with them tomorrow.
The travelling public are suffering misery and inconvenience and the impact on the regional economy is significant.
We assure everyone we are committed to trying to find a solution to the union’s dispute.
As we approach rush hour, severe delays remain on the Piccadilly line and there are minor delays again on the Circle line.
Night Tube email
Rail passengers today have received an update via email for the Piccadilly night tube service from Mark Wild, managing director of London Underground.
The Night Tube launched on the Piccadilly line this week, on Friday 16 December, and will be running all night on Fridays and Saturdays.
There will be a train about every 10 minutes between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5, excluding Terminal 4.
“Standard off-peak fares will be charged and Day Travelcards cover journeys made until 4.29am the next day.
“We have also extended some bus services to help meet increased demand for customers travelling to and from Night Tube stations.
Severe delays remain on the Piccadilly line, with the service reporting gaps of around 20 minutes in between trains.
Night tube timetable uncertainty
A London Underground source told getwestlondon: “At the moment, the Night Tube will be going ahead.
“We’re not entirely sure yet as to how the timetable will work, we have improvements on the line each day.
“We can’t say for sure but as it stands, it’s still launching as expected.”
For the full story, head here.
Victoria line clear
Good news, Victoria line issues have now cleared and a good service is running
Circle delays again
The Circle line is reporting minor delays again.
The TfL states: “Minor delays clockwise due to an absence of train staff. Good service anticlockwise.”
The District line is now reporting a good service.
This morning, RMT general secretary, Mick Cash, released a statement about the Southern rail strikes.
RMT drivers on Southern Rail are standing shoulder to shoulder with their ASLEF colleagues this morning in a fight for safe train operation.
This strike action is wholly the responsibility of a government and a company that have sought to bulldoze through changes that are ill-conceived, finance-led and fraught with danger.
It went on to say:
This morning Chris Grayling claimed again that the action on Southern is political - it isn’t, it’s about safe train operation for both passengers and staff alike.
The Transport Secretary wants to ask himself why the unions have been able to resolve disputes and reach agreements on Scotrail and elsewhere if our motivation is purely political.
Night tube letter
Commuters are not amused after a new email went out notifying rail users of the start of the new Night Tube on the Piccadilly line this week.
Some slightly good news
The Victoria line’s service has now been upgraded from severe delays to minor delays. The incident was caused due to an earlier signal failure at Brixton.
Where we are going we don't need roads...
... but we do need trains.
This is what the Piccadilly line says about its delays: “We have had to take some Piccadilly line trains out of service to repair their wheels, which means that we do not have a full fleet available.
“Therefore, a reduced service is operating on the Piccadilly line. 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.”
Sadiq Khan blames government for strikes
The Mayor of London recorded a message, blaming the government for the Southern strikes and lauding TfL for avoiding underground strikes.
However, many passengers have called on the Mayor to help fix the ongoing Piccadilly problems.
Queues, queues and more queues
Lots of people taking to social media to share the scenes of the Underground this morning, which has been hit by two severe delays.
These pictures illustrate the problem particularly well.
There is no service between Brixton and Victoria and severe delays on the rest of the Victoria line. This is due to a signal failure at Brixton.
There are severe delays in both directions.
Meanwhile, the Circle line is now reporting a good service, but there remains minor delays on the District line.
What we know so far
Here is a round up of today’s rail travel chaos.
As well as the Southern strikes, there is also severe delays on two Underground lines.
There is the ongoing problems with the Piccadilly line and the Victoria line is suffering due to a signal failure.
Not just the Piccadilly
Attention is not just on the Piccadilly line for severe delays today, as Victoria has been impacted as well.
Passengers have been told the problem will last throughout the morning and to seek alternative routes
A common picture
Commuters are reporting the same scenes becoming an everyday occurrence on the Piccadilly line now
There are now more delays on the Underground.
TfL is reporting minor delays on the Circle and District lines.
The Circle line is reporting issues due to a lack of train operators.
The District line is reporting minor delays between Earl’s Court and Richmond due to an earlier signaling problem in the West Kensington area.
There is a good service on the rest of the line.
'Grateful I walk to work'
Passengers continue to vent frustration
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Southern tweet to passengers 'not to travel'
Mayor with message to passengers
Passengers vent frustration
When will Piccadilly Line repairs finish?
All of your questions answered here: http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/piccadilly-line-repairs-finish-can-12285421
Victoria Line delays to last through 'morning peak'
Passengers between Ealing Common and Rayners Lane should change at Acton Town
Customers using stations between Ealing Common and Rayners Lane should change at Acton Town, TfL added.
And customers using stations between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge should use Metropolitan Line services, it said.
A shuttle service train is operating between Acton Town and Rayners Lane, with a reduced bus service operation between Acton Town and Rayners Lane.