Thales to Modernise 40 Per Cent of London Tube Network

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Thales has been selected by Transport for London (TfL) to deliver signalling and train control systems as part of a modernisation program. Thales will modernise the next four London Underground lines.

This is the next phase of modernising the Underground so that services will be faster, more frequent and more reliable for the millions of passengers who use the Circle, District, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines.

Thales to Modernise the London Underground Network

This upgrade will boost the capacity of the Underground by an average of a third on the four lines. The population in London is ever growing and is expected to increase from 8.6 million passengers a day to 10 million by 2030. Work will start later this year and is expected to start benefiting from the upgrade by 2022.

The entire network will also see the introduction of the new air conditioned trains by 2016. Further benefits include a train control system which will increase capacity further starting with the Circle line in 2021.

Nick Brown, Managing Director of London Underground, said: Having successfully modernised three of the most heavily used lines on our network, we are ready to begin work to bring the next four lines into the modern era. This will transform the journeys of millions of our customers, significantly increasing service reliability and frequency. We have a very clear delivery plan and timetable for the work and, as we have done with the modernisation of the Northern line, we will keep London moving and growing as we do it. In parallel, we will continue to deliver a better, more reliable service every day which builds on the work over recent years to reduce delays to their lowest ever level.

Patrice Caine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Thales said: We are delighted to have been selected by Transport for London and to continue to bring our global expertise in the field of transportation systems to the London Underground. Our technology is in operation on over 80 metro lines in 40 of the worlds largest cities, including New York, Dubai, Shanghai and Hong Kong. If the Jubilee and Northern lines success is any indicator, future travellers on the Circle, District, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines will experience; faster journeys, reduced over-crowding and increased service reliability. Once completed, 60 per cent of the London Underground will have been modernised using Thales signalling technology.

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