Things you may not know about London's Piccadilly Line

As you probably know, London’s Piccadilly Line is the dark blue underground line. It is just over 100 years old, its first version only went from Hammersmith to Finsbury Park, now it starts from Cockfosters in the north and goes to Heathrow airport or to Uxbridge, another west branch.

The two branches split in Acton Town. Only a third of the trains end up at Uxbridge, two thirds going to Heathrow. London’s Piccadilly Line is the line with the most stations.

It also has several original Art Deco stations and for this reason they are protected.

Covent Garden station on Piccadilly is said to have the ghost of a man in evening dress walking on the platforms.

Interesting facts about London’s Piccadilly Line

In central London London’s Piccadilly line travels in deep tunnels and in the suburbs becomes an outside line, in total it is 71km long

During rush hour there are 76 trains in operation, the 1973 trains with six carriages have almost all been replaced, the last remaining ones will disappear by the end of 2014.

The new trains always have 6 carriages and each has 38 seats. Train depots are located in Northfields and Cockfosters.

The Piccadilly Line carries over half a million passengers every weekday and over 176 million passengers annually

There are 7 ghost stations on London’s Piccadilly Line that can be glimpsed by passing the train. Osterley & Spring Grove between Osterley and Boston Manor, Down Street between Hyde Park Corner and Green Park, Brompton Road between Knightsbridge and South Kensington and York Road between Caledonian Road and King’s Cross.

The last station on Piccadilly, Heathrow Terminal 5 opened on March 27, 2008

It was one of the London Underground lines affected by the terrorist attack on July 7, 2005. The bomb went off on the first carriage between King’s Cross station and Russell Square

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