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Monday, December 04, 2006

Splitting Headache Relief?

Is a Northern Line Split on the Way?

The Mayor last week launched his Transport 2025 policy document looking forward at what capacity improvements (amongst other issues) could be achieved on all of London's transport systems.

One of the suggestions to help lessen the capacity issue on the inner south London to central London corridor is for the Northern Line to be split into two separate services - permanently.

By 2025, Mordern-Stockwell will be operating at 30tph (trains per hour) however the West End and City branches will only each operate at 22tph because of the allowances needed at the junctions around Kennington/Camden.

The answer is to split the Northern Line with 30tph running Mordern-Bank-Edgware and 30tph running Kennington-High Barnet. This avoids using the junctions at Kennington and Camden. Late Night/Early morning service would still run through.

There is however the requirement for extra rolling-stock/stabling [Chris' note: By 2025, the Northern Line stock will be 30 years old and probably falling apart] and capacity improvements at Camden Town.

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