10,000 More Passengers Per Hour Set To Travel On District Line

Following introduction of new system allowing more frequent trains

Transport for London says its engineers have completed their biggest test to date of new signalling that will bring more frequent and reliable journeys to 40% of the Tube network, including the District Line.

The new Thales signalling and control system will allow trains to run closer together, meaning a more frequent service and shorter waiting times for customers.

The first section of the Tube to go live with the new signalling system in 2018 will be between Hammersmith and Edgeware Road.

Similar technology, which means thousands more passengers can be carried each hour, is already used on the Jubilee and Northern lines. Customers using the Victoria line are also experiencing the benefits of shorter waiting times following a separate upgrade of its signalling system, which finished in May.

TfL says when the signalling upgrade is completed customers will benefit from a massive boost in capacity during the busiest times, which will allow:

• 10,000 more customers per hour on the District line
• 9,000 more customers per hour on the Metropolitan line
• 17,500 more customers per hour on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines

The upgrade programme is a significant part of the record investment being made by TfL to modernise the Tube network to boost capacity and accessibility. It also represents a key part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, with the capacity boost allowing more journeys to be taken by public transport. This will help to reach the target set by the Mayor of 80 per cent of journeys being made by either public transport, cycling or walking by 2041.

Mark Wild, London Underground’s Managing Director, said, "This is another significant moment in our vital programme to revolutionise nearly half of the Tube. Great progress is being made and, as early as next year, customers will start to see improved reliability and the most up-to-date customer information as the signalling is introduced.

"This programme is an important part of our multi-billion pound investment to overhaul some of the oldest parts of the Tube and improve journeys for our customers."

December 5, 2017