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Bakerloo line refurbishment update


Very good to meet you at the Labour group in Portcullis House yesterday. As promised, this is to update you about the refurbishment of the Bakerloo line trains.

With over 40 years of service, the Bakerloo line fleet is the oldest on the Tube network and is inevitably starting to show its age. It is one of four London Underground lines (along with the Piccadilly, Central and Waterloo & City lines) set for new trains from the mid-2020s – the New Tube for London.

In the meantime, we are extending the life of the current Bakerloo line fleet. The upgrades will see various customer-facing improvements:-

The seat cushions and fabric are being replaced with a new moquette, and all 36 trains will be completed by the end of the 2016/17 financial year. We have actually started this week, and the seats will be changed out at a rate of around one train per week. The worst of the existing seats will continue to be cleaned thoroughly until they are replaced.

The outsides of the trains will also be refreshed over the next 12 months.

The floor finishes, interior body panels and ceiling ventilation fans, will be renewed by 2020.

Other improvements include structural repairs to the train carriage body and replacement of internal wiring circuits. The larger maintenance work will be done gradually over the next 48 months to ensure the trains remain in service for customers.

I trust you find this information useful.

Yours sincerely


Nick Brown

Managing Director

London Underground & London Rail

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