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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Circle Line to become Semi Circle Line?

Coming home last night I read a feature in thelondonpaper on TfL's plans to split the Circle Line, in a bid to ease jams. This London Underground line carries more than 75 million passengers a year and there's talk of splitting the service at Edgware Road. So all trains on the west side of the Circle Line would terminate & reverse there and if you wanted to go on to King's Cross or the City you'd need to change.

The Semi Circle Line

thelondonpaper said: "Tube chiefs believe the split would mean less congestion on the 14-mile line, which frequently suffers from a 'back-up' of trains at peak times.

Critics say that once a train is delayed in one of the 27 stations, it automatically has a serious knock-on effect for other trains on the line
."

The good news for me as a West Londoner is that under the plans, the Circle Line would also be extended from Edgware Road to Hammersmith - which would increase the number trains from Hammersmith into the City.

How the new Circle Line might work from the londonpaper

A spokesperson from consumer group London TravelWatch said: "The idea is to make the service more efficient and our board is discussing the proposals today.

"We have an open mind at this point as this is the first time we have seen the plans in any detail."


Obviously this is just in planning stage at the moment and it could take some time for the blueprint to come to fruition. Transport for London are expected to make a decision on the plans next year.


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