JUBILEE LINE trains on London's Underground were being buffed up this week to match sparkling new 'seventh car' carriages which are being added over Christmas.
The £160M project to add four new trains and 59 extra cars to the existing fleet of six-car trains will increase Jubilee Line capacity by 17% by 8 January 2006.
The seventh car project is the fith major capacity increase on the Tube network since the Public Private Partnership between London Underground and Jubilee Line contractor Tube Lines was signed in December 2002.
Each new car is added between the existing second and third cars in a 12 hour operation.
Civil engineering work in the run up has involved extending platforms plus major adjustments to signalling and communications equipment.
While the extra car will increase capacity on the line, reliability of the service will be unchanged until the signalling system is upgraded in 2009 (News last week).
The seventh car project was supposed to coincide with the signalling upgrade but was brought forward under pressure from businesses served by the line.
As NCE went to press, nine out of the 59 trains had been converted. The Jubilee Line will shut down between 26 and 30 December while trains and new signalling equipment are tested.