Victoria Line Mock-Up Carriage on display

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Julian G

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Tfl says Victoria Line Carriage on Display
Great News
I just saw that carriage yesterday at Euston Square Gardens (outside Euston Station)
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Victoria Line Upgrade takes another step forward
A mock-up carriage from the new Victoria line fleet, due to be introduced from 2009 as part of Transport for London's (TfL's)Victoria Line Upgrade (VLU), is on display at Euston Square Gardens from today. 


A mocked-up Victoria line carriageBetween 21 July and 4 August the carriage will undergo market research, after which time there will be public viewing until 10 August.

The Victoria Line Upgrade will provide passengers with safer, more reliable and quicker journeys as faster new trains and an improved signalling and control system are delivered as part of Transport for London's £10bn 5 year Investment Programme.

The market research process aims to ensure that London Underground's (LU) passengers are satisfied with the design of the new fleet proposed by Metronet Rail, the company responsible for the maintenance and renewal of the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines. 

John Doyle, General Manager of the Victoria line said: "TfL is investing £10bn over the next five years to meet London's transport needs, now and in the future.

"The Victoria Line Upgrade is a key Investment Programme project. Forty seven new, bigger and faster trains will be brought on the line between 2009 and 2013 as part of the Victoria Line Upgrade. 

"The new trains will have greater capacity and will run faster. Other improvements to be delivered as part of the Victoria Line Upgrade include an improved signalling system, tracks and control system. 

"These improvements aim to deliver safer, more regular and reliable customer journeys with better information provision and accessibility. 

"The changes are likely to lead to a 17 per cent increase in peak frequencies and 16 per cent improvement in journey time. The Victoria Line Upgrade is due to be completed in 2013."

The new trains will possess the following key features: 

Higher passenger capacity 
Better acceleration that may result in reduced journey times 
Improved accessibility 
CCTV coverage in each carriage 
Enhanced on-train customer information. 
Other features include:

Energy efficient trains 
Vehicles designed for easier maintenance to reduced maintenance and repairs costs 
Hard wearing vandal resistant materials to provide longer lasting and easier to clean exterior and interior environment 
Lighting, heating and ventilation systems for passengers.
Metronet Chief Programmes Officer Stephen Hall said: "I believe Londoners will welcome this new breed of train. 

"This mock-up will give us good quality feedback on what people think about the improvements they can expect when the new Victoria line trains enter service in 2009."

Results of the market research will be announced in October 2006. 

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Customer Acceptance Testing will be undertaken by Outlook Research 
TfL is investing £10bn over the next five years to meet London's transport needs now and in the future 
The Victoria Line Upgrade is due for completion by 2013 
Last year LU was named UK Train Operator of the Year 
Metronet Rail BCV is responsible for the renewal and maintenance of the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines
 
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Richard Armstrong said:
I've heard that these trains don't have air-con fitted though!
They won't do. AFAIK there simply isn't the room to fit air-con, and the hot air emitted by the air-con system woud just heat up air in the tunnels instead, meaning it would make little if any difference.
 

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Richard Armstrong said:
I've heard that these trains don't have air-con fitted though!
Indeed they won't - you can't fit tube stock with air con as the waste heat would simply heat the tunnels up even further.
 

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Its not practicle to have air con on the underground, particually the deep level lines as its such an old system. Forced air ventialtion systems are good if the trains are running but if there not then there no use. They did look into air con on the tube, but the huge fare rises needed to fund it, the huge amount of work required and the enviromental and historical damage made it totally unrelatistic.
 
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