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London Underground line to get ‘no new trains for 15 years’ despite ongoing problems

London Underground line to get ‘no new trains for 15 years’ despite ongoing problems

Sadiq Khan has said the Northern Line is unlikely to get any new trains for at least 15 years. The Mayor of London said Transport for London (TfL) is “doing its best” to fix the technical problems with the current 1990s stock.

He added that more funding would be needed from the newly elected Labour government to design, build and install new rolling stock on the line. Engineers are currently dealing with problems with the train’s traction system and the availability of spare parts.




MyLondon reported in June that the Northern Line was short of trains as bosses apologised to customers who had experienced “severe delays”. This comes after disruptions on the Jubilee and Central lines.

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Sadiq Khan met new Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday morning (9 July).(Image: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Last year, improvements to trains on the former line led to the cancellation of services. Earlier this year, a contingency timetable had to be introduced due to mechanical failures on trains on the Central Line. A £500 million project to modernise the trains – first introduced on the network in 1992 – is underway.

New Chancellor of the Exchequer Rachel Reeves did not guarantee TfL more money when she spoke to MyLondon in April. She said: “I’ve always been clear, I won’t make any commitments without being able to say where the money is going to come from.”


Ms Reeves added: “Of course I want to see the infrastructure investment our country needs grow after 14 years of mismanagement. But we must always show where the money is going to come from, and we must grow the economy to free up funds for crucial infrastructure investment.”

Prime Minister says he and mayor ‘will deliver’

The new Prime Minister, Sir Keir Starmer, told MyLondon in June: “Well look, we will work together. (Sadiq Khan) has good plans for transport. He has good plans for housing – one of our missions is to build 1.5 million homes – by working with the Mayor we can deliver on these much-needed promises for the country.”