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September 5, 2013

New air-conditioned trains begin operations on London’s Circle Line

New air-conditioned trains have begun operating on London Underground's Circle Line as part of the launch of 53 new trains on both the network's Hammersmith & City and Circle lines.

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London Underground

New air-conditioned trains have begun operating on London Underground’s Circle Line as part of the launch of 53 new trains on both the network’s Hammersmith & City and Circle lines.

The new fully walk-through tube trains comprise seven carriages, offering 17% additional capacity, relieving pressure on busy parts of the tube network.

In addition to air conditioning, the trains feature automated visual displays and station announcements, along with CCTV and dedicated wheelchair areas.

The trains also incorporate wider doors and walkways, as well as easier-to-reach passenger alarms.

The Circle Line’s new trains follow the introduction of air-conditioned carriages on the Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.

London Underground chief operating officer Phil Hufton said that as part of the continued drive to improve passengers’ experience of travelling on the Tube, the system is delighted to be rolling out the new air-conditioned, high-specification trains.

"The new fully walk-through tube trains comprise seven carriages, offering 17% additional capacity, relieving pressure on busy parts of the tube network."

"Customers travelling on the Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines are already enjoying the benefits that these longer trains provide and so we’re really pleased that they’re also being extended to our Circle line customers," Hufton said.

By the end of 2016, London Underground plans to roll out a total of 191 walk-through, air-conditioned trains on 40% of its network, operating on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.

The introduction of air-conditioned trains on the Hammersmith & City Line started in December 2012.

The rollout of all 53 new trains, which are being built by Bombardier Transportation in Derby, is expected to be completed by early 2014.

In June 2011, London Underground awarded Bombardier a contract to improve the signalling on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.


Image: By the end of 2016, London Underground plans to roll out a total of 191 walk-through, air-conditioned trains on 40% of its network. Photo courtesy of Tom Page.

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