Piccadilly Line Trains Now Stopping at Earls Court

urgent work to escalators finished ahead of schedule

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Piccadilly line customers are now able to access Earl’s Court after urgent escalator works finished ahead of schedule on Sunday.

London Underground’s rigorous maintenance checks two weeks ago found that bearings in one of the escalators between the Piccadilly and District line platforms were likely to fail within the next few weeks. If the escalator had failed it could then not be used as a fixed staircase.

Due to the limited space available to carry out works on the faulty escalator and only a narrow spiral staircase as a backup, LU needed to close the landing area around the escalator to carry out the works.

LU’s maintenance teams worked flat out to complete the work from Tuesday night and finished ahead of schedule on Sunday morning, limiting disruption to regular customers and those attending events in the local area.

LU’s Chief Operating Officer, Howard Collins, said: “This is great news for our passengers and reflects the hard work that our staff put in to minimise the disruption caused by emergency repair works on the Underground network.

“Where possible, we always try to plan maintenance and upgrade work well in advance but sometimes we have to act quickly to carry out works as problems arise. I apologise to any customers who have been affected by this closure over the past few days."

18th September 2011