Metropolitan Line

MQT on 2008-10-15
Session date: 
October 15, 2008
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Is it really necessary for passengers on the Metropolitan Line and elsewhere to wait for 'a few years' to receive real time train information on the new electronic display boards that were installed at stations two years ago, when it should surely be possible to run signal cables to connect with data available at Baker Street and Finchley Road?


Answer for Metropolitan Line

Answer for Metropolitan Line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Information boards were installed during the refurbishment of a number of Metropolitan line stations in anticipation of the planned signalling upgrade. Following the collapse of Metronet, the signalling upgrade contract is to be re-tendered and this is expected to result in considerable cost and efficiency savings. The work is expected to be completed by the original contract date of 2018, but the benefits of the upgrade will be delivered progressively so some areas will have new signalling and information boards well before this date. The boards are built for the new signalling system and will not work with the existing system without substantial modification. Connecting the boards in an ad hoc manner to other stations would not be justifiable in terms of both cost and the diversion of resources from other signalling projects currently underway, for example to prepare the existing signalling for the introduction of new trains from 2010.