Northern Line

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Elizabeth Howlett
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you subscribe to the philosophy that "less is more"? Or like the majority of right minded people, do you agree that reducing trains on the Northern Line going South and forcing commuters in South London to change at Kennington will not make their journeys faster or less crowded?


Answer for Northern Line

Answer for Northern Line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In 2011 a new signaling system will be implemented that will enable extra trains through the central section. Until then the line will be at capacity. There will be a reduction in the number of trains to alleviate maximum crowding. The line is operated at its capacity, now. That won't change and can't change until a new signal system is delivered in 2011.However, the Bank branch is particularly crowded in the northbound direction from London Bridge, with many customers not being able to board the first train. LU is therefore considering increasing the frequency on this (Bank) branch - which would help alleviate this chronic over-crowding. The trade-off to increasing the frequency on the Bank branch is therefore operating fewer through-trains on the Charing Cross branch. The overall frequency on the Charing Cross branch can, however, be maintained by starting more trains from Kennington.This requires a very slight reduction in the number of trains between Morden and Kennington - possibly 28 per hour instead of 30, and would provide a more regular service. It would also help to alleviate the situation for customers using the Bank branch, where the most severe overcrowding currently occurs.LU is still developing these proposals which would not be introduced until January 2008 at the earliest.