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TfL completes ‘incredibly challenging and complex’ Bakerloo improvement work

TfL has completed “incredibly challenging and complex” engineering works on the Bakerloo line as part of a £2.3bn tube modernisation programme.

Track replacements and junction upgrades are expected to increase reliability and improve journey times across the tube network.

Work at Paddington was labelled as particularly complex as engineers were deep underground and working with concrete and signalling equipment in confined spaces.

However, to minimise disruption, the work was completed over two weekends rather than a full week and the opportunity was also taken to complete works at Lambeth North while closures were in place.

Bakerloo line c. TfL

“This was incredibly challenging and complex engineering work, carried out quickly in very tight spaces,” commented Mark Wild, TfL’s managing director of London Underground.

“Our engineers have done a fantastic job of renewing the older assets on the Bakerloo line, which will result in fewer problems and a much more reliable service for Bakerloo line customers.

“Further investment into the line also includes the planned Bakerloo Line extension, which will further boost capacity in the future and support new jobs and homes.”

Further plans as part of the renewals project will see modernisation works completed across the tube networks, including replacing old infrastructure and equipment, boosting train frequency, and increasing accessibility for passengers.

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Andrew Gwilt   25/11/2017 at 00:13

And what about replacing the 1972 Stocks with brand new air-conditioning tube stocks for the Bakerloo Line and also to replace the Piccadilly Line 1973 Stocks with new air-conditioning stocks.

Michael King   25/11/2017 at 09:49

I had thought aircon wasn’t possible on deep line undergrounds. Is that wrong?

Andrew Gwilt   25/11/2017 at 10:29

New tube stocks are to be manufactured that will replace the 1972 and 1973 Stocks that are currently being operated on the Bakerloo and Piccadilly Lines which are due to be replaced by the new tube stocks from 2020-onwards and will have air-conditioning and walk-through passageways. Similar to the S7 and S8 S-Stocks used on the Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and District Lines that have replaced the older sub-surface stocks such as the C67 & C77 Stocks, D78 Stocks and A60 & A62 Stocks. With the D78 Stocks now gone to Vivarail to conversion into Class 230 D-Train DEMU and Battery multiple unit trains that will soon be replacing the Class 142’s & Class 143’s Pacer DMU’s and to operate on the Bletchley-Bedford Line next year when the new franchise takes over in December from London Midland.

Lutz   25/11/2017 at 18:16

I do not under stand the use of the term "incredible"; I am sure that the work was difficult and complex - so that makes it credible in my book. Another example of the incredibly puerile use of unnecessary adjectives.

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