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Did Sadiq Khan just apply the brakes to the idea of driverless trains?

London's Mayor appeared to apply the brakes to the idea of driverless trains operating on parts of the Tube.

Sadiq Khan said risking the safety of Londoners was 'the height of recklessness'.

Four years ago former London mayor Boris Johnson unveiled the first new-look driverless trains which were due to enter service on the Piccadilly Line in 2022.

At the time the RMT union said it was 'deeply concerned' about the move to driverless trains but Mr Johnson denied the move to phase out drivers would lead to job losses.

Computer generated image of new driverless train which was due to enter service on the Piccadilly Line in 2022

Today Sadiq Khan cast count on London Underground's driverless future.

Anybody who understands the basic knowledge of the underground system will know there are some deep level - deep underground services - where the idea of having driverless trains is is madness.

In the interests of saving some pounds to risk the safety of Londoners, of staff and visitors is the height of recklessness!

Where it's not safe to do so I will not do so. Where it's safe to do so of course we'll consider whatever efficiency savings that we can do.

– Sadiq Khan