Piccadilly Line Screeching

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will the Mayor provide an update on progress toward the upgrading works due on the Piccadilly line, and will he outline what remedial works will take place on the track to ensure that the screeching that takes place on significant stretches of the above ground section of the Heathrow branch, does not keep residents awake at the advent of the night tube?


Answer for Piccadilly Line Screeching

Answer for Piccadilly Line Screeching

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL's upgrade plans for the Piccadilly line continue to progress, and signalling works on the line will begin in the early 2020s. Once the new trains - with walk-through, air-cooled carriages - are introduced, and the upgrade is completed by the mid 2020s peak capacity will be increased by more than 60 per cent. This is space for more than 20,000 extra customers an hour.

In the meantime TfL is currently carrying out work to ensure the Piccadilly line continues to perform strongly, prior to the upgrade being completed. This involves a renewal of the current trains to extend their lifespan, as well as a new signalling control centre. This work will be completed by 2018.

Since April 2014 TfL has carried out a significant programme of track maintenance on the Heathrow branch to ensure smoother running trains and reduced noise. This work was completed in August 2015. If there are further specific resident issues TfL will of course investigate them.