TfL Warns of Large Scale Tube Disruption Next Weekend

To allow test trains to run from Hammersmith on new upgraded signalling system

Closures on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines and parts of the District and Metropolitan lines will help to facilitate the huge overhaul of the signalling system on these lines, which TfL says will boost capacity by 33% when fully complete in 2023.

The closures will allow engineering teams to run test trains on the newly-installed signalling system around the complex Aldgate junction, where the four lines all intersect.

Aldgate is one of the key junctions involved in the upgrade, along with locations like Baker Street and Earls Court.

Over the weekend, you can expect to see up to 100 test trains per day running on the line between Hammersmith and Latimer Road.

The closures will also allow operating and maintenance staff to gain crucial hands-on experience with trains running under the new system.

This will serve as final preparation ahead of the new signalling system becoming fully operational for passengers between those stations.

Tfl says when the new system is completed, it will allow trains to operate closer together, provide greater reliability and improve customer information.

The frequency of trains running through the central London sections will start to increase from 2021, with 32 trains per hour in place by 2023, after which a Night Tube service will be possible.

Stuart Harvey, TfL's Director of Major Projects, said: 'The modernisation of these four Tube lines will make a huge impact on the whole Tube network.

" It will significantly boost capacity and reliability, making journeys better for hundreds of thousands of customers every day.

" I thank customers in advance for their patience during this essential closure, and advise that they should plan journeys in advance before travelling next weekend.

" The latest travel advice will be on our website and social media channels during the weekend."

The work will mean:

The entire Circle line will be closed
The entire Hammersmith & City line will be closed
The District line will be closed between South Kensington and East Ham
The Metropolitan line will be closed between Baker Street and Aldgate
There will also be a closure north of Queen's Park on the Bakerloo line for separate engineering works by Network Rail, but the rest of the Tube network will be running normally.

However, other lines will be busier than usual, particularly at interchange stations like Earl's Court, South Kensington, Notting Hill Gate, Oxford Circus, Green Park, Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and Bank.

As well as the Tube closures, work will be completed on London Overground between Willesden Junction and Shepherd's Bush over the weekend.

Closures will be in place between Euston and Watford Junction and between Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction on Sunday 4 November only.

The four lines are among some of the oldest sections of the Underground network, with parts dating back to 1863.

These lines share a lot of track, which is why they are being modernised under a single project called the Four Lines Modernisation Project. Together they make up 40% of the Tube network, and carry around a million passengers each day.

October 26, 2018