Commuters are facing another day of travel chaos as the Piccadilly line Tube strike enters its second day.
The 48-hour walk-out, caused by a row over industrial relations, shut down the entire Tube line from midday yesterday.
Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union described a “complete breakdown of industrial relations”, blaming TfL for backtracking on operational, staffing and safety improvements.
However, TfL said the RMT “unilaterally ended discussions at ACAS on Tuesday and made no attempt to engage with us to try and resolve this dispute”.
Nigel Holness, TfL’s director of network operations for London Underground, said they continue to uphold their commitments following discussions with the RMT earlier this year and “claims that no progress has been made are totally untrue”.
There will be no service on the Piccadilly line throughout Thursday and a large part of Friday.
As the strike entered its second day, commuters at Victoria station experienced chaos at Victoria station due to huge overcrowding, which some branded a “danger”.
TfL has apologised and said it was caused by an escalator fault.
So when exactly will the Piccadilly line start operating as normal? Here’s what you need to know.
When will the Piccadilly line strike end?
After the walk-out began at midday on Wednesday, services will start to resume during Friday afternoon.
However, the strike will start again on Friday night at 8.30pm, which will affect the Piccadilly line Night Tube.
TfL has advised: “Please complete your journey by 10pm. There will be no Night Tube service on Friday.”
Although there will be some services on the Piccadilly line on Friday afternoon, services are likely to be disrupted.
A normal service is expected to resume between Heathrow and Cockfosters from 7.30am on Saturday September 29.
One hour later, a normal service should be running between Acton Town and Uxbridge, TfL says.
Which stations will be busier than usual?
During the strike, interchange stations along the Piccadilly line have been and will continue to be “much busier than usual”.
Those particularly affected include Finsbury Park, King’s Cross St Pancras, Green Park and Hammersmith.
TfL has advised Great Northern customers to change at King’s Cross St Pancras, Highbury & Islington, Old Street or Moorgate for central London as Finsbury Park is likely to be “extremely busy”.
Other London Underground services are also busier than usual as rail users descend on other Tube lines.