Metronet and London Underground

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Geoff Pope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor



Answer for Metronet and London Underground

Answer for Metronet and London Underground

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The pace of investment work on the tube has been accelerating for the past few years and will continue to do so. Work on the major line upgrades is now intensifying, involving upgraded track and signalling systems across the network, as well as new trains on many lines. Once complete, the upgrades will deliver a 28.5% increase in capacity on peak services, as well as improved reliability and quicker journey times.

The investment programme will also deliver a more accessible tube network, with 33% of stations to be step free by 2013. Every one of London Underground's 250 stations will have been modernised or refurbished by 2012, and network critical stations, including Kings Cross, St Pancras, Victoria and Tottenham Court Road will be completely transformed with much greater capacity.

Projects of this scale cannot be delivered overnight. The nature of the work, such as replacing track, renewing signals and testing new trains, requires extensive and repeated weekend engineering possessions. Customers on every tube line will be affected during 2007/2008, when there will be between three and five closures on most weekends across longer sections of the lines than previously, and with more work affecting customers in Zones 1 and 2. All of this means it will be even more important that we urge passengers to check before they travel. The transformation of the tube network must be delivered to ensure London maintains its position as a premier world city.