Revamped Circle Line will no longer just go round in circles’

THE Circle Line on the London Underground is having an extended arm’ sewn on its familiar orbital route around the City and West End. Trains won’t just be “going round in cirles” but will have a fixed starting point at Hammersmith. The aim is to “increase reliability and capacity” on the District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines

By Mike Brooke

THE Circle Line on the London Underground is having an extended arm’ sewn on its familiar orbital route around the City and West End in a major transport revamp.

Trains won’t just be ’going round in cirles’ but will have a fixed starting point at Hammersmith.

The aim is to “increase reliability and capacity” on the District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines that it shares tracks with.

The Circle, first completed in 1884, runs without a fixed starting point, linking most of London’s national rail terminals.


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But from December, trains will start at Hammersmith and run along the Hammersmith & City tracks through Shepherds Bush to Edgware Road, then join the current Circle route clockwise to Liverpool Street, Aldgate and Victoria, back to Edgware Road and terminate after making a single loop.

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Trains would then reverse and run anti-clockwise back to Victoria, Aldgate and Edgware Road, returning to Hammersmith.

This doubles trains between Edgware Road and Hammersmith—but also means passengers between South Kensington and Baker Street on the present loop having to change at Edgware Road.

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