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Talking to your teams

about New Tube for London

Here are a few talking points to support you to have meaningful conversations about
New Tube for London the next generation of deep-level Tube trains.
As you know we recently announced the search for a supplier to build the New Tube
with bulletins from Director of Strategy & Service Development Gareth Powell.
One of the key areas of concern for many members of our train teams is the prospect
of driverless trains. However, lets be clear when the New Tube is introduced it will
have an operator (driver) on board. No fnal decision has been made on the long term
staffng arrangements of the New Tube.
In order to help you have relevant, useful and positive conversations with your teams
we have set out the key messages which make clear where we are, why, and how we
intend to proceed.
Why do we need the New Tube for London?
The New Tube for London will mean faster, more frequent and reliable journeys for customers
on our deep-level Tube network the Bakerloo, Central, Piccadilly and Waterloo & City lines
It will also mean greater capacity and more comfortable journeys, with the frst deep-level
walk-through and air-cooled Tube trains
Starting with the Piccadilly line, where we could increase capacity by up to 60 per cent, the New
Tube for London programme will mean replacing the existing signalling systems and more than
200 trains to continue to support Londons growth
Our customers have already seen huge improvements to the Underground network, but in
order to meet the needs of Londons rapidly growing population, we must continue to invest
and improve our services.
Will the New Tube be driverless?
When the New Tube frst enters service, it will have an operator (driver) on board
Given the New Tube will serve London for around 50 years, it will be capable of full-automation
and being operated without a member of staff on board
Our plans for the next deep Tube train will explore all the options available, given the technology
now being widely used on many metro systems worldwide
The Victoria, Jubilee, Central and from later this year the Northern lines are already driven under
automatic train operation, but with an operator on board
We would only ever consider implementing full-automation without a member of staff on board
following extensive engagement with our people, trades unions, customers and stakeholders.
Our promise to train operators still stands:
If youre a train operator today and youre prepared to be fexible you will continue to have a job,
in the cab of a train, for your entire career at LU.
Will the New Tube be less safe?
No. The New Tube for London will never reduce safety for customers and staff
These new trains will be modern and more reliable than today
They will be air-cooled and walk-through, not only providing greater capacity and reducing
saloon temperatures in the warm summer months, but actually making them easier to
evacuate, should that ever be necessary
We are considering PEDs on deep Tube lines as part of New Tube for London to further
improve the safety of the Tube network
And our commitment to all our Tube stations being staffed at all times remains paramount,
meaning there will always be staff ready to respond to an incident, should that be necessary.
Isnt automatic door control on the Sub-Surface Railway (SSR) a back door
to driverless trains?
No, this is not a back door to driverless trains. We have no intention of operating the trains
in service on the SSR without a driver
The Sub-Surface Automatic Train Control contract has requirements for automatic door
opening and closing as well as auto reversing and stabling. These functions allow the train
operator to intervene
These automatic features reduce dwell times and allow an increase of up to 32 trains per
hour on parts of the Sub-Surface lines.
When can we expect these new trains?
The procurement process continues with a view to issuing early next year (2015) an invitation
to tender for the manufacture of the new trains
We are at the design and initial procurement stage for these new trains, with the frst New Tube
not due to be introduced until the 2020s
When the New Tube frst enters service on the Piccadilly Line, it will have a train operator on
board, and this will continue until all the old feet is replaced. This will take many years roughly
to c2025. Any decision taken on fuller automation would come into effect after this date and
in all reality several years after that
This means we have many years to work to engage with our people and develop proposals on
how the new Tube will be operated and staffed in the future.
Thank you for talking with your team members and helping them to feel supported
and informed.
Remember we are still at the relatively early stages of procurement and the earliest
the first train will be introduced is c2022 and it will have an operator (driver) on board.
In the meantime please keep having useful and positive conversations to reassure your
Provisional timeline for New Tube on the Piccadilly line
The Victoria, Jubilee,
Central and from later
this year the Northern
lines are currently
driven under automatic
operation, but with an
operator on board.
Contract let to the
chosen supplier
for New Tube on
the Piccadilly line
with options for
operation with and
without a driver.
Work begins to prepare
the platforms for level
access and the installation
of platform edge doors
(PEDs). Our working
assumption is that full
automation is impossible
without PEDs.
Contract let to
install PEDs on
the Piccadilly line.
First New Tube for
London is introduced
with an operator
(driver) on board which
slowly replaces the
old stock.
Earliest New Tube
for London could
be driverless once
all New Tubes are
running on the
line and PEDs fully
installed. There
may be trials on
some sections of
the line before 2027
to test readiness.