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Circle Line branches out to beat delays on London Underground

PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:11 05 October 2010

Circle Line... with its spur to Hammersmith

Circle Line... with its spur to Hammersmith

THE Circle Line on the London Underground is getting a spur' when it is extended out to Hammersmith next month. The plans first unveiled earlier this year add a branch out from Edgware Road, using the Hammersmith & City Line tracks

By Mike Brooke

THE Circle Line on the London Underground is getting a 'spur' when it is extended out to Hammersmith next month.

The plans first unveiled earlier this year add a branch out from Edgware Road, using the Hammersmith & City Line tracks.

The switch from December 13 is aimed at increasing reliability on the Circle, which shares tracks with the District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines, as well as adding more trains between Edgware Road and Hammersmith.

Any disruption on the other lines puts the 'Circle' in a spin, adding to delays and misery for commuters on the busiest part of the Underground network.

But the new 'spur' will mean the Circle is able to 'recover' quicker if there is disruption, London Underground promises.

Trains will start at Hammersmith and run to Edgware Road, then follow the present Circle making a single clockwise loop through King's Cross, Aldgate and Victoria, back to Edgware Road where they terminate instead of continuing on, then run anticlockwise the other way round the loop back to Hammersmith.

The Circle and the other three sub-surface lines carry a-third of London Underground passengers on 200 miles of track, including the section from Farrindon to Paddington which was the worlds's first 'Metro' opened in 1863.

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