Exactly when London Underground will get its revamped Central line trains

By Staff

TfL has revealed when the next revamped Central line trains will enter service on the London Underground. The 1992 stock is being upgraded as part of a £500 million programme.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and TfL bosses say a brand new fleet of trains is not possible as they have not been given enough cash by central government. Instead, carriages are being renovated with new seats, LED lighting, CCTV and IT systems.

A new moquette, wheels and motors are also being installed. However, engineers told MyLondon in November that technical constraints mean that it is not possible to fit air conditioning.

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The first upgraded train entered service at the end of last year, and customers can ride on it from London Underground’s depot in Hainault. Now, TfL has confirmed when the next one will be release onto tracks.

Documents from a meeting of the authority’s board earlier this month read: “Second Central line train into service after full refurbishment, with modern, reliable traction motors and improved accessibility”. They note that this will be in December 2024.

MyLondon was told in December that revamped trains would re-enter service in 2024 at a rate of one every two weeks. Five are being upgraded at a time out of 85 trains. At the end of last year, there was a 72 train timetable in place as 13 had been taken off tracks.

‘Not enough money’ for brand new trains

Mr Khan previously told MyLondon: “The reality is, these trains are more than 30 years old. They are some of the most unreliable trains that we have.

“The Government’s not giving us the money to buy new trains. So we’re doing the next best thing.”

A Department for Transport (DfT) spokesperson previously told MyLondon: “The Government has provided more than £6.6bn of support to TfL since 2020 – including the most recent injection of £250m in capital funding in December 2023. As transport is devolved, it is for the Mayor of London to deliver services in the capital and explain how his decisions are funded.”

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