December 11 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
New air-conditioned trains - which also allow passengers to walk their full length - are being rolled out on the Circle line from today.
Two of the trains, which are a whole carriage longer than existing stock, will start running on the line this week, with the roll-out due to be completed by early 2014.
The new trains will also have automated visual displays and station announcements, as well as CCTV, dedicated wheelchair areas, wider doors and walkways and lower level, easier to reach passenger alarms.
The extra carriage means an extra 17 per cent capacity on the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines, which Transport for London said would help relieve pressure on busy parts of the network.
Phil Hufton, London Underground chief operating officer, said: “As part of our continued drive to improve our passengers’ experience of travelling on the Tube, we’re delighted to be rolling out these new air-conditioned, high-specification trains.
“Customers travelling on the Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines are already enjoying the benefits that these longer trains provide and so we’re really pleased that they’re also being extended to our Circle line customers.”
Nearly 200 of the new style trains will serve the 40 per cent of the Tube network by the end of 2016.