Transport for London (TfL) has completed yet another round of testing on its new signalling system.
The system, which will transform the District, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines, is progressing well, and will be introduced over 14 stations across the network gradually, resulting in improvements in reliability for each one.
Already, TfL is seeing benefits from the signalling system; during the last round of testing, more trains were able to run between Hammersmith and Edgware Road than at any previous testing stage, which is a huge step forward for the programme.
The signalling system will improve transport in the capital by upgrading one of the oldest elements of the Tube network, ensuring it becomes one of its most modern.
Tubes running between Hammersmith and Edgware Road are the first that will benefit from the new system when it goes live, resulting in more reliable journeys and real-time information for customers.
It follows on from previous testing of the signalling system, which will give passengers a greater number of journeys, given it will help to boost capacity on the Tube network by 40%.
The system will allow Tube trains to run closer together, so that the frequency of trains each hour can increase. Across the four lines, it is expected to provide space for an extra 36,500 customers at the busiest times of the day.
TfL’s Director of Major Projects, Stuart Harvey, said: “This work on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines will transform one of the oldest parts of the network into one of the most modern and revolutionise journeys on 40% of the Underground.
“We are investing billions of pounds to make real improvements for customers including making journeys quicker and less crowded. The team are working around the clock so that customers can start to experience some of the benefits from this summer.”
Although some trains will operate under the new system this summer, all four lines won’t use it until 2023.