Waterloo and City Line

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Reference: 
2006/0539
Question By: 
Damian Hockney
Organisation: 
One London Party
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

How much did the recent refurbishment of the Waterloo and City line cost; what work was carried out; and is the outcome deemed to be satisfactory?

Why has the Waterloo and City line been non-functional at week-ends and on a number of week-days since its major refurbishment earlier this year?

Answer

Answer for Waterloo and City Line

Answer for Waterloo and City Line

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

he cost for the refurbishment of the Waterloo and City line is estimated to be around £40m. The new track has resulted in better ride quality and improved journey times. Furthermore the deep clean of the stations and refurbished train saloons have improved both station and train ambience.In the first three weeks after re-opening, the line was suspended on a number of occasions on weekdays, for short periods, due to signal failures, train defects and traction current problems, many of which could be attributed to shortcomings in testing of the refurbished assets by Metronet prior to the handback. However since then the line reliability has improved.The original proposal was for 79 weekend closures with three larger closures of between two and four weeks. Instead, it was agreed to have a 5 month closure to complete the bulk of the work - this was to minimise the inconvenience to the travelling public. It was always necessary to have some weekend closures to complete the upgrade, though some of the recent closures are in fact for Network Rail work. There is a Network Rail bridge directly above the Waterloo & City line depot which requires inspection and remedial work. This work could not be carried out whilst the Waterloo & City line was closure for refurbishment. There have been no weekday closures other than the temporary service suspensions resulting from the incidents mentioned above. The line does not operate on Sundays.