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Tube capacity upgrade paused


A capacity upgrade to London Underground’s Northern and Jubilee lines, which would provide more frequent services in peak times, has been paused.

Transport for London has paused the World Class Capacity project and said that the opening of the Elizabeth Line in 2018 will reduce the need for extra trains.

TfL expects that around 10,000 fewer eastbound Jubilee line trips and 5,000 fewer trips between Stratford to Canary Wharf will be made when Crossrail is running.

The Thameslink programme at London Bridge will also be completed and will reduce pressure on the Jubilee westbound from Canada Water.

London Underground’s director for strategy and network development David Hughes said: “The benefits from the largest investment programme in the Tube’s history, combined with the huge capacity increases coming soon from the arrival of the Elizabeth line, means that we are temporarily pausing our plans to buy more trains for the Jubilee and Northern lines.

“Our modernisation programme and ‎in-depth technical work by our new combined engineering division has improved performance and reliability.

“This means we can increase the frequency of our existing trains without the immediate need for new trains, making journeys quicker and more comfortable for thousands of customers every day.”

All trains on the Northern Line were refurbished in 2015 and Jubilee line trains are currently being refurbished.

New timetables will be brought in from January next year to boost capacity and extend peak hours.


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