The Central line is getting new air conditioned trains but not until 2030

PUBLISHED: 14:47 20 July 2017 | UPDATED: 18:01 20 July 2017

The new trains will phased in by 2030. Picture: Ken Mears

The new trains will phased in by 2030. Picture: Ken Mears


The Central line will receive a fleet of 92 new, shiny, air conditioned trains.

A Transport for London (TfL) representative announced the news at a transport scrutiny meeting in Redbridge Town Hall, Ilford, in response to panel members asking why carriages were so hot.

More than 75 trains operate along the Central line at the same time and replacing them while maintaining the timetable will be no small job.

Commuters shouldn’t get the celebratory banners out just yet however, as they won’t meet the new trains until about 2030.

Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Khayer Chowdhury, who is a self proclaimed “Central line man” asked what can be done now to alleviate the heat for passengers.

“The vents aren’t enough and the two small windows aren’t big enough for anything,” he said.

The TfL representative said more windows on the tube would not be considered but work was being undertaken to reduce the heat.

“We have put white on the roof and glazing and the temperature has reduced by four or five degrees” he told the room.

“We also expect numbers (of commuters) to reduce with the new Elizabeth line.”

The “horrendous” noise between Wanstead and Leytonstone heard while using the Central line was also brought up at the scruntiny meeting and questions were asked about what was being done to remedy it.

The issue first arose when TfL inserted a large piece of rubber into a section of the underground to stop the line being so noisy for residents living nearby.

While it did decrease the sound by quite a few decibels on the outside, it made it louder for those inside the carriage.

“We are going to replace sections of rail in October with high quality steel which doesn’t degrade as quickly – We are really hopefully that it will reduce the noise,” he said.

Cllr Keith Prince praised the work being done by TfL

Commenting on the noise complaints he said: “It is basic physics, energy can’t be destroyed.

“I have had a lot of dealing with them (TfL) they are really trying (to solve the issue) and you can’t fault them for trying,”

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