TfL has revealed that, in May this year, the number of Victoria Line trains will increase from 34 to 36 per hour during the morning and evening peaks.
According to TfL’s business plan, “This will make it one of the most intensive railway services in the world and the most frequent rail service in the UK.”
Each train has a capacity of about 875 passengers, and with two extra trains, that’s 1,750 less passengers cramming up the platforms.
This signalling upgrade will allow for the Victoria Line and other tube lines to meet London’s rapidly growing population, with fewer delays and more reliability.
Additionally, the Piccadilly Line will be the first to get brand new state-of-the-art trains by the early 2020s. These trains are called the ‘New Tube for London’ (NTfL). They will have walk through carriages, which will create more space for passengers to stand, enabling them to walk from one end of the train to the other.
When the NTfL trains are introduced, we will see a 60 per cent increase in capacity throughout the Piccadilly Line, 50 per cent on the Waterloo & City Lines and 25 per cent across the Bakerloo and Central Lines.
What I think
I feel that these refurbishments are long overdue. I use the Piccadilly and Northern Lines, the trains and equipment are old. This upgrade is encouraging for the millions of Londoners, like me, who rely on the London Underground every day.
However, TfL says that the New Tube for London “will soon be capable of fully-automatic operation”. This does concern me because the automation means there will be less drivers operating the trains, and may result in a significant loss of jobs across the London Underground.