The Piccadilly trains are clapped out - they should have ordered replacements back in 2014, when the economy was in good shape - now paying the price in rapidly crumbling trains no longer fit for service. This is the real cause of the problem - the staff are just being made scapegoats!
Is this actually true? I thought the 73ts were amongst the most reliable for their age?
None the less, i would have thought the bakerloo line stock is in a worse state and more of an issue
What I found strange was that the line wasn't operating with an emergency timetable. This seemed to cause very uneven gaps in the service.
Emergency timetables work relatively well until around 21:00 hrs, but after then they start to fall apart as the crewing of trains becomes very difficult. A duty manager putting drivers onto trains 'on the fly' is never going to be as efficient as something worked out by duty schedules.
An additional problem with an emergency timetable, particularly during the morning peak, is that four trains are used as an Acton Town to Rayners Lane shuttle. The trains come down from the Rayners branch fully loaded, deposit their passengers on the platform at Acton Town, them move into the sidings delaying the rest of the eastbound service. A full platform load of customers is then on trying to get onto already crowded trains coming from the Heathrow branch.