New trial aims to cut crowding on the Northern line

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Wednesday November 06 2013 09:46 PM
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Tags: Rail, Tube, Tfl, London

Monday 11th November sees Transport for London (TfL) launch a pilot scheme aiming to reduce crowding on the Northern line.

Part of the southern section of the Northern line between Tooting Bec and Clapham North is exceptionally busy between 08:30 and 09:00, meaning at some stations during the busiest times passengers have to wait for two or more trains before they can get on. Before and after those times there is less crowding.

From the 11th, TfL will be providing localised information for people travelling from Tooting Bec, Balham, Clapham South, Clapham Common or Clapham North on how small changes to their journey, for example travelling slightly earlier or later, could make their journeys faster, more reliable and more comfortable.

Gareth Powell, Director of Strategy and Service Development, London Underground, said: "During the 2012 Games many of our passengers made small changes to their journeys which meant we were able to carry record numbers without the transport network feeling any busier.  This section of the Northern line is exceptionally busy during part of the morning and while the modernisation of the line will help to relieve crowding when complete next year this trial will look at whether we can improve the situation now. By making a small change to the time they travel our passengers' journeys could be faster and more comfortable."

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