Transport for London completed significant upgrade work on the London Underground network as part of its record investment to modernise the Tube. Passengers will benefit from this investment later this year when the first section of the new signalling system goes live between Hammersmith and Latimer Road and when the new Hammersmith Control Centre opens.
The works included installing cabling on over 3.5km of track to support the new Wi-Fi-based signalling system that allows trains to run closer together and gives more frequent service and shorter waiting times for customers; replacing three track junctions at Earl’s Court, which will allow trains to pass through more quickly; installing two new, low vibration track junctions to connect the new Northern Line Extension tunnels to the existing Northern line at Kennington via two large step plate junctions. The project also included completing track improvement work to make journeys smoother and more reliable; replacing over 100 planks that support the rails on junctions around Wimbledon and Wimbledon Park stations to improve reliability; clearing over 100 tonnes of scrap material and rotten vegetation at trackside.
The work to introduce new signalling on four lines – the Hammersmith & City, District, Circle and Metropolitan – means that journeys will be improved across 40 per cent of the London Underground network. Journeys will be made quicker, less crowded and more reliable, with capacity on the lines increasing by 33 per cent.
The modernisation is a key part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy to make London a greener, more accessible place. It will help deliver the Mayor’s target of 80 per cent of journeys made by public transport, cycling or walking by 2041.