With London’s population projected to increase from 8.4 million to 10 million over the next 15 years, TfL last week announced brand new tube trains for 4 deep level lines on the London Underground.
New trains, new signalling and Platform Edge Doors
The Piccadilly, Central, Bakerloo and Waterloo & City lines will be upgraded with new trains, new signalling and – where possible – Platform Edge Doors, similar to those already installed on the newest section of the Jubilee Line, eastbound from Westminster onwards.
New tubes to be aircooled and driverless
The new trains – following a single blueprint to ease procurement and production – will be aircooled, adapting the technology used on the Metropolitan and District lines for use on the deep-level lines. They will have wider doors and walkthough design creating an almost seamless connection between carriages. Controversially, they will also be driverless, once all the current rolling stock is replaced in its entirety.
Increased Tube Capacity to match projected demand
These improvements – at a projected cost of £16.42 billon – will be rolled out over the next 2 decades, with top priority given to the Piccadilly line, which is expected to see demand rise from 210 million per year to over 250 million per year by 2020.
Combined with the new signal stystem, these trains will provide a faster, more frequent and more reliable services.
Projected tube capacity increases
- Piccadilly line: 60% capacity increase – 33 trains per hour during peak times by 2025.
- Central line: 25% capacity increase – 33 trains per hour during peak times by 2030.
- Waterloo & City line: 50% capacity increase by 2032 – (after the track at Waterloo station is remodelled)
- Bakerloo line: 25% capacity increase – 27 trains per hour during peak times by 2033.
The new design is currently on display in King’s Cross and St Pancras Stations