Central line’s ‘bad run’ of signal failures will improve after £230m upgrade in 2020
- Credit: Archant
Reliability on the Central line is improving, despite a recent spate of faulty train signals, according to Transport for London
Redbridge councillors grilled TfL representatives at an external scrutiny community meeting in Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, and told the company that delays were causing misery for thousands of Redbridge commuters.
A TfL spokesman said, the recent hot temperatures does have its challenges but they could not blame the service on the weather.
“We have had a range of failures that I wouldn’t expect to see,” he told the room on Thursday, July 12.
“We have had a bad run but it hasn’t been one thing in particular (to blame).”
You may also want to watch:
The spokesman said the wearing out of traction motors did, however, pose an obstacle in regards to signal failures.
He said a new batch of the parts will be fitted to trains on the Central line in 2020, which will “increase reliability”.
- 1 Ex-police officer among group jailed for £850k intercept from rival gangs
- 2 Ilford Town only place in London with average house price below £250,000
- 3 More than a thousand attend Eid in the Field in Woodford Green
- 4 Teen 'robbed at knifepoint' in Chadwell Heath
- 5 Ilford care home turned into studio flats for rough sleepers
- 6 Barking man appears in court charged with mother-of-two's murder
- 7 Man's suicide method thoughts were not in clinical notes, inquest hears
- 8 Chadwell Heath death: Barking man charged with murder of Maria Rawlings
- 9 Footage issued of man sought in Maria Rawlings murder investigation
- 10 Murder probe launched after mother-of-two’s body found in Chadwell Heath
“A big thing about reliability is the traction motors which cause a lot of signal failures,” he added.
“If we were in the early 90s then the train computer would have been at the cutting edge technology, but it’s not so it the next 18 months we are replacing them and that will help as well.
“In peak times we have 34 trains per hour running on the line and that really is a world-class service - only the Victoria has 36.
Councillor Khayer Chowdhury asked why TfL is always reactive to problems instead of looking at what could come up and forward plan.
“Couldn’t you have foreseen this,” he asked the room?
“If you knew things needed replacing why didn’t you start two years ago?”
The TfL representative said £230million is going into updating the Central line, and the service has some of the oldest trains in operation.
“Its a lot of money and we have to go through the tendering process,” he said.
“We had to build a facility for that and it is such a big piece of work. “