Transport for London has announced that its first air-conditioned tube train is ready to go into service on the underground’s Metropolitan Line. London’s mayor, Boris Johnson has announced that the new train is just one aspect of a long list of improvements he hopes to implement in the capitals transport system.
The new air-conditioned train is currently being taken care of in a north-west London train depot and when it is introduced into service it will be the first of a fleet of fifty-eight trains that Transport for London hope to have running on the Metropolitan Line by 2011. By 2015 it is hoped that air-conditioned trains, also known as Stock trains will have replaced most of the older versions on both the Circle and District Lines.
Mr. Johnson said that he intends to keep improving the transport network in London so that residents and visitors have the best possible services.
Next year will also see the completion of £1.4 billion worth of improvements to the East London Line. The Jubilee Line will also see its capacity increase by one-third.
Unfortunately some of the underground tracks are too deep to enable the installation of the new air-conditioning systems. The Northern, Bakerloo and Piccadilly Lines run too far under the ground for the hot air from trains to be expelled adequately.