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Victoria line services to receive improvements

Words: Laura Edgar

London Underground has announced that this summer it will carry out works to improve the Victoria line services, increasing peak-time trains from 24 trains to 36 an hour.

Transport for London (TfL) said this means that, from April 2016, there will be a train every 100 seconds during the busiest times, “making the Victoria line the UK’s highest-frequency railway and comparable with the very best in the world”.

All peak-time trains will run the full length of the line, from Walthamstow Central to Brixton, increasing capacity north of Seven Sisters to 40 per cent.

TfL explained that the layout of Walthamstow Central crossover (which transfers northbound trains to the southbound line) means only 24 trains can run beyond Seven Sisters.

The crossover will be rebuilt. The concrete track-bed, rails and point work will be replaced between Saturday 8 August to Sunday 30 August. During this period northbound trains will not run beyond Seven Sisters, while between Brixton and Seven Sisters train frequency will be slightly lower.

David Waboso, capital programmes director at LU, said: “To meet increasing customer demand for the Victoria line we are making the service the most frequent in the UK, with 36 trains per hour by 2016.

“During the work we won't be able to run Victoria line trains between Seven Sisters and Walthamstow Central. Our engineers will be working around the clock to keep the closure period as short as possible.”

Image courtesy of Ed Webster