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Beat the heat 2010 26 June 2010
- 42 air-conditioned trains on London Overground, 54 by end of the year - Buses with air cooling up 58 per cent on last year - First air-conditioned Tube train to enter service this summer With warm summer temperatures now beginning to be felt in the Capital, the Cooling the deeper Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) have announced the range of measures lines remains a under way to provide passengers on the transport network with cooler journeys. considerable
challenge but engineers at Transport for London line route. continue to focus on doing that, By the end of the year a total of 54 air-conditioned trains will be operating, particularly on the giving passengers cooler journeys through the 20 boroughs currently served by Victoria line Customers on the London Overground network are already benefiting from a fleet of 42 fully air-conditioned trains, including all 20 on the new East London
Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London's transport advisor
The Metropolitan line will become the first London Underground (LU) line to get a fleet of air-conditioned trains, starting with the first train this summer.
Industrial-sized blue fans New trains will then be rolled out onto the Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines over the next five years. Work is progressing to cool the Victoria line, with the capacity of the fans at all of the main ventilation shafts serving the line being doubled. Four fans were completed last year and the second phase of the upgrade will be completed this summer. Industrial-sized blue fans are also being deployed to help cool 30 locations across the Tube network. Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London's transport advisor, said: 'As a regular Tube user I know how uncomfortable and frustrating it can get when the temperature rises. 'It will be cold comfort for those using warmer lines but this summer we will see a significant roll out of trains with air conditioning on the Overground lines and the first air-conditioned Tube train.
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'Cooling the deeper lines remains a considerable challenge but engineers at Transport for London continue to focus on doing that, particularly on the Victoria line where a lot of hard work is being put into upgrading the ventilation fans.' On buses, all new double-deck buses are now fitted with air cooling systems and all double-deck buses in the Capital's fleet have been fitted with extra opening windows. There are now 3,488 double-deck buses with air cooling or forced air ventilation systems, an increase of 58 per cent on last year. TfL has also been working with the bus operators and joint funding a scheme to retrofit automatic heating systems on 1,367 of the older double-deck buses in the fleet to ensure heating is not left on during the hot summer period. Of the 8,500 buses in the fleet 6,356 have white roof panels which help to reflect the heat. New buses must have insulated roof and side panels which reflect heat along with tinted side glass.
Tips to keep cool Peter Hendy, Transport Commissioner, said: 'During the hot weather we want to make sure that our passengers travel in as much comfort as possible. 'We know it can get uncomfortable, but we are making good progress - with the tens of thousands who use London Overground each day now travelling in air-conditioned carriages, and the first ever air-conditioned Tube trains coming on stream this summer. 'Air cooling systems are now fitted on all new double deck buses joining the fleet now have it installed. 'Additional opening windows have also now been fitted on all double deck buses.' As in previous summers, TfL will be providing hot weather advice to passengers. Posters and announcements at stations will provide tips to passengers on how to try and stay cool. Here are a few tips for keeping comfortable in hot weather: Carry water with you Don't board a train or bus if you feel unwell If you feel unwell please get off at the next stop and seek help from our staff Avoid pulling the passenger alarm between stations
Notes to editors: Media will be given an opportunity to film on the new air-conditioned Tube train when it enters service later this summer and will be notified nearer the time London Underground