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New Victoria Line Trains And Improvements!


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London's Victoria Line, opened in 1968, is receiving new trains and improvements as part of a line upgrade that will be completed in 2012.

 

The Victoria Line serves sixteen stations between Brixton and Walthamstow Central.

 

Slideshow of Victoria's new train and details of improvements: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/10145.aspx

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But perhaps not everyone outside of Greater London has seen Victoria's new train and read about improvements to the line yet.

 

good point, although most people keeping up with the times would be aware of it.

i love how all the other countries in the world are getting sleek upgrades in everything rail oriented, while we're sitting here in the great country of the USA looking at grafitti and age old rolling stock...

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Unfortunately, it seems there have been a few issues with the new Victoria Line trains.

 

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23860358-new-victoria-line-trains-23-times-less-reliable-than-the-old-ones.do

 

 

THE first new trains on the London Underground for a decade are causing misery for passengers on one of its busiest lines.

 

Two major morning rush-hour shutdowns of the Victoria line in a week were caused by new trains being introduced as part of £900 million upgrade, the Standard can reveal.

 

The line was suspended for about an hour yesterday when one of the new trains broke down at Oxford Circus, and last Wednesday ambulances had to be called to Pimlico station when 3,000 travellers were trapped inside “furnace-like” carriages when a northbound train broke down.

 

Transport for London has now admitted both problems were caused by the new trains, which have proved 23 times less reliable than the 43-year-old trains they are replacing.

 

Problems have been caused by computer software failures and from over-sensitive door sensors, which apply the brakes when passengers lean against the doors. A TfL spokeswoman said: “There have been some technical issues with the new trains but we are working hard to rectify these faults.

 

“Once the upgrade is finished in 2012 the new track and signalling will mean faster, smoother and more reliable journeys for our customers.”

 

When the new trains were first introduced during the evening last summer, Tube boss Richard Parry said they were “wonderful” and had undergone “hundreds of hours of testing”. However, passengers have complained about the chaos on the line, which closed early for months last year to allow upgrades.

 

Many have used Twitter to air their grievances, with one passenger saying it had taken 90 minutes to travel from Walthamstow to Euston yesterday. Another, Nadine Stewart, wrote: “Dear TfL, do me a favour & remove the new Victoria line trains from service will ya? If all they're gonna do is break down, I DON'T WANT 'EM!”

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Unfortunately, it seems there have been a few issues with the new Victoria Line trains.

 

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23860358-new-victoria-line-trains-23-times-less-reliable-than-the-old-ones.do

 

 

THE first new trains on the London Underground for a decade are causing misery for passengers on one of its busiest lines.

 

Two major morning rush-hour shutdowns of the Victoria line in a week were caused by new trains being introduced as part of £900 million upgrade, the Standard can reveal.

 

The line was suspended for about an hour yesterday when one of the new trains broke down at Oxford Circus, and last Wednesday ambulances had to be called to Pimlico station when 3,000 travellers were trapped inside “furnace-like” carriages when a northbound train broke down.

 

Transport for London has now admitted both problems were caused by the new trains, which have proved 23 times less reliable than the 43-year-old trains they are replacing.

 

Problems have been caused by computer software failures and from over-sensitive door sensors, which apply the brakes when passengers lean against the doors. A TfL spokeswoman said: “There have been some technical issues with the new trains but we are working hard to rectify these faults.

 

“Once the upgrade is finished in 2012 the new track and signalling will mean faster, smoother and more reliable journeys for our customers.”

 

When the new trains were first introduced during the evening last summer, Tube boss Richard Parry said they were “wonderful” and had undergone “hundreds of hours of testing”. However, passengers have complained about the chaos on the line, which closed early for months last year to allow upgrades.

 

Many have used Twitter to air their grievances, with one passenger saying it had taken 90 minutes to travel from Walthamstow to Euston yesterday. Another, Nadine Stewart, wrote: “Dear TfL, do me a favour & remove the new Victoria line trains from service will ya? If all they're gonna do is break down, I DON'T WANT 'EM!”

 

Ha. This shows that our new trains ain't the only brand spankin' new pieces of shit in the world :(

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