Transport for London (TfL) has continued its commitment to improved services by commencing operation of its new digital signalling system.
Transforming almost half of the Tube network, the Thales signalling system will increase capacity on four Tube lines and is now operating between Hammersmith and Latimer Road.
As a result of this state-of-the-art technology, Tube trains will have the capability to run closer together, meaning more frequent trains on the line – increasing from 28 to 32 each hour on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines once the frequency increases are introduced in two years’ time.
Speed of trains will also increase thanks to this new digital signalling system; ultimately, capacity will increase by a third on the four lines, providing extra space for more than 36,000 passengers during peak hours.
TfL’s Director of Major Projects, Stuart Harvey, described the new digital signalling system as “a really exciting step.”
He said: “The modernisation of these four lines will make a massive difference to hundreds of thousands of customers every day by making journeys quicker and more comfortable.
“It will also make customer information more accurate and improve reliability in the long term.
“The introduction of the first section of new signalling is a really exciting step for the Tube, and for everyone who uses these lines.”
The work is part of a large scale modernisation programme that will completely transform and revitalise parts of the Tube network that need it the most, making it one of the most modern and reliable in the world.
It also means that improved technology and modernisation will be needed elsewhere on the Tube, with old signal boxes being replaced.
This perfectly highlights the gap in the market for organisations and businesses that specialise in technological solutions for the rail industry.
The pattern suggests that the likes of signalling and electrification are going to become even more popular in the coming years.