- Victoria line has a new control centre, new track and new signalling. Journeys are on new, more spacious trains
- First of the new air-conditioned trains are now running on the Metropolitan line
- Jubilee line is upgraded
- New Wembley Park station (2006)
- Waterloo & City Line upgraded in 2006 (25% more capacity)
- Heathrow Terminal 5 completed (2008) on Piccadilly line
- Wood Lane station opened October 2008 featuring state-of-the-art design
- King’s Cross St. Pancras redevelopment has quadrupled size of station
- New communication system operating
- Less congestion at Covent Garden station (more space for exit)
- Stratford regional station redeveloped for the Olympics, more spacious with new ticket halls, entrances, concourses and beyond.
– Future plans
- The Tube now carries more than a billion people each year and demand keeps growing.
- Much of the infrastructure is very old, some even dating back to the 1860s.
- More than 600,000 extra passengers will need to travel by public transport at peak times, a large proportion of them by rail
- Londoners make six times as many rail trips as people living in any other English region, per person. They also pay higher fares, yet receive only a quarter of the public expenditure per trip.
- London and the South East provide a considerable 43 per cent of all tax revenues in the UK and this is set to increase.
- Significant long-term investment is needed to avoid overcrowding on trains, a fall in service quality and London’s ability to grow and support the UK economy being undermined.
- Major improvements such as the installation of new signalling on the Jubilee and Victoria line and new trains on the Victoria Lines have been completed
- Plans for lines:
- Northern Line: completely replacing the current 1950 signaling allowing faster and more frequent trains. This will allow 20% more passengers on (11,000 people) – to be completed in 2014
- Metropolitan Line: Fleet of air-conditioning trains, and upgrading the signaling. New signal and control system will allow more trains, and a frequent service. This will allow 27% more passengers on (9,500 people) – to be completed in 2018
- Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines: Fleet of air-conditioning trains, offering more comfort and reliability. New signals, and control systems in order to run more trains. This will allow 65% more passengers on (17,000) – to be completed in 2018
- District Line: the new, air-conditioned trains will carry 24% more passengers (10,000 people) by 2018 due to new signal and control system