Last week on my way back from Harrow on the Hill Station I had the pleasure of my first ride on one of the new Metropolitan trains. They seemed fine out of the rush hour, but there are less seats in them I believe. What is particularly noticeable is that there are no doors in between carriages. It could be annoying if somebody is making a nuisance of themselves, to have no way of escaping them. Overall though a smooth ride and air conditioned, not much use in autumn though!
Here are the pictures I took on my mobile phone – sorry but it only has a 0.3 megapixel camera! Better than nothing and I did not have my camera on me!
Here is an article which explains about the inception of these new trains which only run on the Watford Section at present.
New signals vital for Met Line trains’ success says transport commissioner
THE first of a new breed of Tube trains has been launched in Wembley to run on the Metropolitan Line.
The air conditioned train with walk-through carriages is similar to those employed on London Overground lines, and is the key to an improved service on a host of the capital’s Tube lines.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson launched the new train this morning from Wembley Park station, describing it as the “coolest ride in town”.
It is the first of 191 new trains to be delivered over the next five years and eventually making up 40 per cent of all trains on the Tube.
Although the trains have less seats than the existing old models, the plan is for a faster services backed by a new signaling system to increase overall capacity.
The need for the new signaling system had prompted some to call for assurances from the government that such spending will be protected from the current savage cuts in public spending.
Peter Hendy, Transport for London commissioner, made that same point at the launch this morning, saying: “This is great news for Tube customers. Not only will their journeys be cooler, the new trains are more spacious, more accessible and boast the latest CCTV systems.
“The new air conditioned trains are a vital part of the upgrade works which will transform the oldest and complex lines on the Tube network.
“But to achieve the full capacity increases that the upgrade will bring, it is imperative that we get the new signaling system that we are currently tendering for, which will enable a higher throughput of trains and faster journeys.”
The new train will run between Wembley Park and Watford initially, and it will begin to service more parts of the Met Line as upgrade work is completed.