Sunday, 6 December 2009
Circle line extension
In an upgrade to one of the capital’s oldest Tube lines, whose trains have previously travelled in loops, it is being extended to Hammersmith, in West London, with a tail added to the existing track. There will no longer be a through service between the west and north sides of the current Circle: accidental snoozers will be woken up to change trains at Edgware Road.
From December 13, trains will begin in Hammersmith and run along the “tadpole tail” of the track — currently the Hammersmith and City Line. They will then complete the existing Circle Line in a clockwise loop, but will discontinue at Edgware Road before returning back to Hammersmith in an anticlockwise direction.
TfL has decided to retain the name of the line, even though continuous loops will be no more.
TfL said that work was under way or planned to make services better for commuters in East London, including improvements to the Docklands Light Railway, the construction of Crossrail and the extension of the East London Line, which has been closed for its upgrade since December 2007.