Hammersmith to be added to Circle Line

Plans to add Hammersmith to the Circle Line are on track.

The plans announced in March for the Hammersmith & City line to become part of the Circle Line – bringing increased frequency and improved trains to the line – are on tract, with a go-live date of December 13, reports TfL.

The Circle line is shown as a single line on the Underground map. However it shares tracks with the District, Hammersmith & City (H & C) and Metropolitan lines, which means any disruption on these lines can cause delays to the Circle. As Circle line trains currently move around the line without a fixed start and end point delays build up over time, and make it harder to offer a regular or reliable service.

However the new extended service will see trains run from Hammersmith to Edgware Road station and then join the current Circle, making a single loop and terminating back at Edgware Road. They will then reverse and do the full circle anti-clockwise, returning to Hammersmith.  This will ensure that the service is able to recover quicker if there is disruption on the Circle or any of the lines that it shares tracks with.

Howard Collins, Chief Operating Officer of London Underground, said: “The new service on the Circle line will start from Sunday 13th December 2009 and will improve the reliability of the line, enabling services to recover more quickly if there is a disruption. The added benefit will be the improved service on the Hammersmith & City line from Edgware Road round to Hammersmith, significantly increasing frequency on that route.

See previous coverage.

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