Air conditioning on the tube

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Reference: 
2006/0488
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

Does it make sense to install air conditioning on underground trains given the energy use and concerns about global warming?

Answer

Answer for Air conditioning on the tube

Answer for Air conditioning on the tube

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

There are currently no plans to install air conditioning on underground trains. The new sub-surface fleet (for District, Metropolitan, H&C, Circle lines), to be delivered from the end of 2009, will have an air cooling system.LU is responsible for maintaining passenger comfort and ultimately ensuring (should there be a prolonged period of high temperature) passenger safety, and will continue to pursue appropriate solutions that take these issues, and the overall energy required into account. For the deep tubes, LU is looking to develop a system solution which involves cooling the infrastructure (tunnels and stations) rather than the trains. LU understands the need to balance customer against environmental needs and is specifically considering climate change as part of our planning.