Internal redesign for LU Tube stock

London Underground is having to upgrade its older Tube stock to fill the short gap between new legislation coming into force and new compliant trains being introduced.

ROLLING stock on the Bakerloo, Central, Piccadilly and Waterloo & City lines – some of which date back to the early 1970s – are to be redesigned internally to improve accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility and visual impairments.

Bakerloo Line 1973 Stock No. 3534 arrives at Embankment with a northbound service on March 29. This fleet and those of three other lines are to be internally refurbished to meet accessibility regulations that come into force in 2020, despite new stock being scheduled from 2023. Tim Squires

The work to redesign the cars has been agreed despite the stock on the four lines being due for replacement by the New Tube for London from 2023 onwards. Wheelchair and pushchair areas will be created, plus new CCTV, improved passenger information systems, lighting and alarms will be fitted.

The chosen designers SNC-Lavalin announced that the work will expand the lifespan of the fleets. However, Transport for London has also confirmed that the alteration work will not delay the introduction of replacement trains, with the Piccadilly Line’s 1973 Stock scheduled to be withdrawn first.

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