Tube Train Speeds

MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Are tube trains, line by line, and particularly where frequencies have risen, now traveling faster that they were? I have received complaints about the braking and speed on corners or uneven parts of the track.


Answer for Tube Train Speeds

Answer for Tube Train Speeds

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is correct that TfL is increasing the performance of trains on some of its lines as part of improving the Tube. This is a mix of faster acceleration to the maximum safe speed for a given section of track and some higher speeds. So far changes have been implemented on the Victoria line, Jubilee line and parts of the Metropolitan line between Wembley Park and Baker Street. The next change will be the Northern line. This should come into effect in mid-December with the introduction of a new working timetable. A new signalling system and infrastructure improvements will enable an increase in capacity by as much as 20 per cent and reduce journey times by 11 per cent through trains running closer together and at higher speeds.

Running faster trains increases capacity to the benefit of passengers. An example of this is on the Jubilee line where average customer journeys are now around two minutes quicker than they were before.

Safety and security of customers and staff is our top priority. If you could pass on details of these complaints, TfL would be happy to investigate.