London Underground line closing later this year for £2.9billion upgrades

By Staff

One of London’s Underground lines is due to undergo closures, starting later this year. The Piccadilly line is in for new trains and an overall upgrade.

This will cost £2.9 billion altogether. Now, Sadiq Khan has said that Transport for London (TfL) is deciding when the capital’s dark blue route will be shut.

The first new train is due to arrive in London for testing in 2024 and enter service in 2025. At the moment, a plan to inform customers of these is being developed.

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Updates are due to be sent to commuters directly. The Mayor of London – who is also Chair of TfL – told the London Assembly: “In preparing for the new Piccadilly line trains there will be closures on the line for both infrastructure enhancements and testing the new trains. The dates of these closures are being agreed at the moment.

“An integrated customer communications plan is also being developed. Customers can sign up for email updates related to closures on the TfL website”

You can receive details about upcoming closures here.

Rollout to cost more money overall over the long term

As the new trains are rolled out, TfL plans to increase the frequency of Piccadilly line services in 2027. But, a rephasing of the plans in the face of a ‘shortfall’ in central government funding of £250 million, the authority’s commissioner, Andy Lord, has admitted, will cost more money overall over the long term.

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TfL committee documents for a meeting of its board earlier this month read: “TfL had ensured it remained on track for the arrival of the first new train for testing in 2024, and entry into service in 2025. A greater number of trains than the original 50 per cent target would now be built in Goole, which was positive news for the UK and jobs in that region.

“Siemens was investing up to £200m in its facility, creating up to 700 jobs directly at its factory and up to 1,700 jobs within the wider supply chain.”

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