Extra trains on the District Line

Published: Tuesday 29th March 11

From December this year local commuters will benefit from an increase in capacity on the Wimbledon branch of the District Line.

During the weekday morning peak an extra five trains will run from Wimbledon into central London - a 12 per cent increase in passenger capacity.

The improved timetable will be achieved through the withdrawal of the weekday shuttle service between Kensington Olympia and High Street Kensington, via Earl's Court. These trains carry an average of just 26 passengers but seriously restrict service capacity on other parts on the District Line.

Commuters using the Ealing Broadway branch will also benefit from an extra service during the evening peak.

The change will also help to reduce bottlenecks at Earl's Court Station - improving the entire line's service resilience and its ability to recover from delays.

The shuttle service will continue to run at weekends and could be reactivated on weekdays when there are major events at the Olympia Exhibition Centre.

Council Leader Edward Lister said: "This is very good news for people living in Putney and Southfields. Rush hour services into central London have become increasing congested in recent years and the extra trains will bring welcome relief. It's clearly a commonsense move."

For more information see London Underground's press release.

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