Piccadilly Line to close to prepare for new trains

Image above: Piccadilly Line trains being tested in Germany in 2023; TfL

Piccadilly Line to close for unspecified amount of time, says Mayor of London 

The Piccadilly Line is set to be closed for an unspecified amount of time later this year, as preparations are made for the rollout of new, air-conditioned trains.

There is no word yet on when the line will close and exactly how long for, but it is expected to come later on this year, with new trains expected to be in service by 2025.

While there are no set timeframes for the closure, the disruption it will cause is expected to be significant, as Transport for London works to install infrastructure for the £2.9 billion upgrade on the line and passengers have to find alternative travel routes.

Eventually, there are also plans to run more trains on the line, which would be a nice bonus for commuters on the dark blue line.

Speaking at the London Assembly, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said:

“In preparing for the new Piccadilly line trains there will be closures on the line for both infrastructure enhancements and testing the new trains. The dates of these closures are being agreed at the moment. An integrated customer communications plan is also being developed. Customers can sign up for email updates related to closures on the TfL website.”

Last year, TfL released images of the new models which were being tested in Germany. The new trains will soon be tested in London, pencilled in for some time later this year.

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