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TfL completes largest ever test of new signalling system

TfL has completed its biggest test to date of its brand new signalling system.

Engineers have worked over the weekend testing trains on a new computer-based signalling and controls system between Hammersmith and Edgware Road, which will be the first section of the Tube to go live with the new signalling system next year.

The new system will allow trains to run closer together, meaning a more frequent service.

Similar technology is already used on the Jubilee and Northern lines, and the Victoria line has also reduced its waiting times following an upgrade of its signalling system in May.

TfL says that when the upgrade is complete it will ring a more frequent and reliable service to 40% of the Tube network, allowing the Hammersmith & City and Circle lines to carry 17,500 more customers each hour.

The upgrade will also see the District Line accommodate 10,000 more passengers each hour and the Metropolitan line is expected to increase its capacity by 9,000 passengers an hour.

It makes up a significant part of TfL’s investment to boost capacity and accessibility of the Underground, and a key part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, which aims for 80% of journeys in the capital to be made by public transport, walking or cycling by 2041.

Mark Wild, London Underground’s managing director, said: “This is another significant moment in our vital programme to revolutionise nearly half of the Tube.”

He explained that as the signalling is introduced passengers will see improved reliability and more up to date customer information.

“Investment to overhaul some of the oldest parts of the Tube and improve journeys for our customers,” he added.

Vice-president of transport at Thales in the UK, whose engineers worked alongside TfL's over the weekend, Shaun Jones, said: “Together, we are making great progress with testing our state-of-the-art radio communications technology on some of the oldest parts of the underground, which will deliver better, more reliable journeys on 40% of the network for TfL customers.”

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James Miller   04/12/2017 at 21:42

This testing explains why it was so difficult to get from Whitechapel to Liverpool Street on Sunday, if they doing it then!

Ampox   05/12/2017 at 14:10

pace Sherlock Holmes, it's Edgware Road, not Edgeware. Anything that speeds the subsurface trains between Paddington and Kings Cross etc is to be welcomed.

Andrew Gwilt   06/12/2017 at 12:19

All 4 sub-surface Lines will soon be operated automatically. Similar to the DLR which is automatically operated by computers since the DLR was first built in 1987 with extensions to Lewisham, Stratford, Stratford International, Woolwich Arsenal and future extension to Barking Riverside/Dagenham Dock and Abbey Wood.

Jon   10/12/2017 at 15:07

No Andrew. Not similar to the DLR. Drivers will still be operating the train doors and sitting up front.

Andrew Gwilt   12/12/2017 at 02:23

Ah right. My mistake.

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