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Piccadilly Line upgrade future uncertain until next parliament

London Underground managing director Mike Brown yesterday confirmed that funding and the future of the Piccadilly Line would not be known until the end of this Parliament.

Brown delivered the news at the London Assembly Transport Committee. The upgrade would increase the capacity of the line by 24% and decrease journey times by 19%.

“This is yet another setback for our main tube line in Enfield and Haringey,” said London Assembly member Joanne McCartney. “Residents were frustrated last year when we heard that the upgrade wouldn’t be completed by 2014 – even though the mayor had previously said it would be.  And the revelation today is that we have to wait another four years to find out if it’s going to happen at all.”

“This is very disappointing news.  The upgrade programme for the line currently has no committed funding and not even a vague notion of a timetable for the works – in short, it looks like we haven’t got an upgrade programme at all.”

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