London's 19th-Century Underground is getting a modern-day upgrade. By 2020, the city will have a fleet of 250 new subway cars transporting passengers on air-cooled, driverless trains.
The revamped Tube system was initiated by London's mayor, Boris Johnson, who wanted to increase rider capacity from 8.4 million people to 10 million by 2030.
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To accommodate more passengers, the train will feature unsegmented, "walk-through" carriages that allow more people on a line, as well as wider doors that will allow commuters to get on or off the trains faster.
An improved signaling system will keep riders informed of wait times or scheduled maintenance.
Some stations will get clear walls on platforms, which will increase safety and keep trash off the tracks, which can result in fires and delays.
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Since the Piccadilly Line currently serves the most customers - 210 million a year - it will be among the first of four lines to receive the new trains and signaling system.
The other lines getting upgrades include the Central Line, Bakerloo Line and Waterloo & City Line.
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Credit: Transport for London