TfL Sets Out Plans to Cool the Tube
As air-conditioned trains roll out on Hammersmith and City line
With summer finally here, Transport for London has set out its plans to cool the Tube and TfL's rail and bus services and keep temperatures on the transport network at a manageable level.
New air-conditioned trains, which have been running on the Metropolitan line for the past couple of years, are now being introduced on the Hammersmith & City line, and later this summer on the Circle line.
Tfl says both lines will be fully served by the new trains by the end of next year and District line passengers will be next to benefit. By 2016, an air-conditioned service of 191 trains will be in operation, covering 40 per cent of the Tube network.
Customers using two of London's busiest Tube stations, Green Park and Oxford Circus, will benefit from the station cooling systems that were installed last year, which have made a significant difference by reducing the temperature at platform level. Other work to improve ventilation shafts, restore out of service fan systems and portable fans will also be helping to keep passengers cool this summer.
TfL is also providing hot weather advice to passengers. Posters and announcements at stations will provide tips to passengers on how to stay comfortable, including:
Carry water with you
" But we know there is still a lot to do and cooling the other deeper lines of the Tube remains a considerable engineering challenge, but one which we are actively addressing. We are doing all we can to manage temperatures and, in the meantime, we ask customers to follow our tips for making travelling comfortable in hot weather."
Following successful trials of such systems, TfL London Buses has now made it compulsory for all new vehicles to be fitted with upper deck cooling systems as standard. More than half of London's 6,100 double deck buses have now had them fitted, and the majority of buses also have white roof panels which help to reflect the heat.
New buses must have insulated roof and side panels which reflect heat along with tinted side glass.
The London Overground network is also now served by a fleet of 57 air-conditioned trains.
July 5, 2013