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06.11.13

Northern line pilot to cut overcrowding

TfL is launching a local pilot to reduce crowding on the Northern Line by giving passengers more detailed information about which services are the busiest.

People travelling between Tooting Bec and Clapham North will be able to see which periods are forecast to be the busiest, giving them the choice to avoid those times if possible for a more comfortable journey.

Alternative travel options will also be provided.

The pilot aims to understand the impact of this type of information used outside the Olympics, and from early next year London Underground will provide more information about the busiest stations on the Tube.

Gareth Powell, director of strategy and service development, London Underground, said: “During the 2012 Games many of our passengers made small changes to their journeys which meant we were able to carry record numbers without the transport network feeling any busier. 

“This section of the Northern line is exceptionally busy during part of the morning and while the modernisation of the line will help to relieve crowding when complete next year this trial will look at whether we can improve the situation now. By making a small change to the time they travel our passengers’ journeys could be faster and more comfortable.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

(Image of Tooting Bec station copyright Sunil060902, used here under a Creative Commons licence)

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RTM   14/11/2013 at 11:31

Image updated, thank you to Robin Wickenden for noticing the error.

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