The New Tube for London
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The New Tube for London

October 13, 2019


Across the Underground trains, stations and
track are being modernised. But with London’s population growing rapidly
we need to do even more. In the upcoming decade, we will introduce
the New Tube for London, which will mean faster, more frequent and
more reliable journeys on the Piccadilly, Central, Bakerloo and Waterloo
& City lines. Modern signalling and train control systems
will mean the new trains can run faster and more frequently boosting capacity on the Piccadilly line alone
by up to 60 per cent. Our design vision is for a train that both
echoes the best of London’s transport heritage and utilises the latest modern technology. The 250 spacious and comfortable new trains
will have walk through carriages to increase capacity and will have all double
doorways to speed up boarding and alighting. Automatic trains are already in service on
several lines and many Metros around the world are now introducing
fully automatic trains with centralised monitoring and control to
further improve customer service and efficiency. The new trains will provide real time information and for the first time on the deep level Tube,
trains will be air-cooled making journeys more comfortable for customers. Platforms will be modified to improve accessibility
and modern Platform Edge Door technology, already introduced on the Jubilee line, will be progressively deployed to further improve safety and reliability. When the new train enters service it will
have an operator on board. But as these trains will serve London for
over 40 years they will be designed and built to be capable
of fully automatic operation. The New Tube for London is designed to meet
London’s needs, making life better for customers and providing
a service of which Londoners can be proud.

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