Tube delays: Piccadilly and Victoria line hit by chaos amid warning of 'weeks of delays'

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Commuters faced rush hour chaos on the Tube as union bosses warned a shortage of trains could spark a “crisis” on some lines.

Piccadilly and Victoria line services were delayed as passengers struggled in to work on Thursday morning.

It was the second consecutive day of problems on the Piccadilly line sparked by a shortage of available trains. The Victoria line was also hit by delays due to a track fault at Green Park.

The delays sparked fears services would be disrupted for weeks after a shortage caused ongoing chaos at the end of last year when TfL took half of the line’s 79 trains out of service to fix worn down wheels.

One user wrote on Twitter: “No lessons learned from last year? Someone needs to be sacked! This is unlikely though?”

Another added: “Is it going to be like this every day like last November?”

Others jokingly speculated where the carriages had got to.

Alex Panayi wrote on Twitter: “What does that actually mean? Victoria line’s stolen them? They didn’t come in after a night out? Black hole on the track? Need transparency.”

Another user blamed “a raid by the Northern Line”.

The problem coincides with an overtime ban by members of the RMT union over the employment of temporary staff to repair wheels on Piccadilly line.

The union has called for TfL to employ full-time staff to fix trains over offering casual contracts.

General secretary Mick Cash warned commuters could face weeks of delays as the Piccadilly line was “in crisis”. He vowed to fight for “as long as it takes” to resolve the issue – casting uncertainty over how long commuters will face delays.

Passengers shared videos of huge queues a Finsbury Park as TfL urged commuters to use local bus services and train services between Victoria and Brixton.


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