Heat levels of the Central Line

MQT on 2018-09-13
Session date: 
September 13, 2018
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


While recognising that it will be a number of years before new rolling stock with air conditioning can be fully introduced onto the Central Line, please set out the steps that are being taken to reduce heat levels and assist passengers on this line during periods of high temperature.


Answer for Heat levels of the Central Line

Answer for Heat levels of the Central Line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I understand that travelling can be uncomfortable during periods of hot weather, which is why Transport for London (TfL) is investing millions of pounds to make the Tube cooler.


On the Central line, TfL has installed solar reflective material on the external surface of trains roofs and solar reducing films on the train windows to help reduce temperatures within carriages. New vents behind the seats, to improve air flow within the carriages have been installed and TfL have doubled the number of fans on the network since 2012 as well as installed chiller units to pump in cold air to the stations.


During periods of hot weather, TfL advises customers to carry water with them, and if customers are unfeeling unwell, to speak to members of staff, who can provide assistance.