I have written to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and the Transport for London Commissioner, Mike Brown, to request reassurances that there will not be a repeat of last weekend’s disastrous Piccadilly Line meltdown.
In the letter I said:
Over last weekend and the beginning of this week services have significantly decreased in number until residents could expect only one train every 20 minutes. This is not a sustainable situation, and while I understand that there are issues around the age of the rolling stock and environmental problems which require innovative solutions, public transport in London is a critical infrastructure and cannot be avoided.
I hope that you will as Chair of TfL put together a team to look at the smooth running of the Piccadilly Line, serving millions across the capital, so that I can reassure my constituents that their concerns are being taken seriously.”
Further to the letter:
Rolling stock on the Piccadilly Line is outdated and the service disruptions all too regular. Millions across London rely on the Piccadilly Line to get them to work and home again, along with thousands in my constituency of Ealing, Southall. They are currently being let down by a programme of maintenance which has failed to keep up with winter pressures.”