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Ending overcrowding on the Underground

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London Regional Transport

Ending overcrowding on the Underground

26 September 1996
source London Regional Transport
type Press release

In the first review of its kind, London Transport today issued "The Impact of New Rail Schemes," demonstrating that overcrowding on train services into central London could be a thing of the past if schemes to extend the tube and rail networks were implemented.

An in-depth investigation into the impact of major rail projects and how they affect passenger movements in central London, the review looks at the combined effects of schemes including: the Jubilee Line Extension, the Heathrow Express Rail Link, Docklands Light Railway extension to Lewisham, upgrading to the existing Underground network, the Channel Tunnel Rail link to St Pancras, Thameslink 2000, Heathrow Express/Piccadilly Line extensions to Heathrow Terminal 5, CrossRail and the Chelsea-Hackney Line.

The study is based on forecasts of passenger use of lines and stations, and identifies the effects on crowding on Underground lines. At present all lines have at least some sections with passenger loads in excess of comfortable capacity.

By 2001, the opening of the Jubilee Line Extension plus modernisation on other lines, particularly on the Northern Line, will lead to major improvements, but widespread overcrowding will remain.

The Report goes on to say : "The construction of Crossrail would provide widespread relief, and eliminate crowding over most parts of the network. The subsequent addition of the Chelsea-Hackney Line would virtually eliminate it."

David Bayliss, Director of Planning for London Transport said: "This review is a milestone giving, for the first time, a detailed picture of how various schemes for extending London’s railways relate to each other and the existing network. Although each of the schemes included have had extensive studies carried out individually, this document is unique in showing the benefit of all major schemes and how they affect travelling into and around London. With all the schemes in place overcrowding would be virtually eliminated."

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