Hammersmith & City Line upgrade

The Hammersmith & City line is set for “radical modernisation”, say TfL.

Transport for London (TfL) today announced that the first milestone in its modernisation programme of the Hammersmith & City Line has been met.

Installation of new signalling equipment has begun on track between Edgware Road and Hammersmith – the first of a complete overhaul of the signalling and control systems across the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.

The new signalling will allow London Underground (LU) to run more trains, more quickly, providing a 33 per cent increase in capacity across the four lines by the early 2020s.

By 2022, the frequency of trains running during peak periods will increase to 32 trains per hour in central London – a train every two minutes – with frequency increases at other times as well.

Andrew Pollins, Managing Director of London Underground, said: “This is a major step in delivering this vital upgrade for millions of our customers. The signalling system on these lines is some of the oldest in use anywhere in the world, with parts of it dating back to the 1930s. The use of this newer, more sophisticated signalling system will mean more frequent, more reliable and less crowded journeys and will help us meet rapidly growing customer demand.”

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