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The Central Line is set to get a major upgrade – find out how

It's sure to be welcome news to London commuters

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Chloe Best
Lifestyle Features Editor
30 August 2017
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If you're one of the 800,000 people who uses London's Central Line every day, we've got some good news! The tube line, which is one of the busiest in the capital, is set to get an upgrade to its fleet of trains that is promised to mean fewer delays and an increased capacity.

TFL bosses have revealed that new motors and traction control equipment will be installed on all Central Line trains, and work will start in the next few weeks. Mark Wild, managing director of London Underground, said: "The Central line is one of the busiest and most important lines on the London Underground network.

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The Central Line trains are set to get an upgrade

"We are making a number of improvements to reduce delays and make the line more reliable for our customers. Installing new motors is one of the most important parts of this work, and will mean we can deliver a more reliable service to our customers, which will in turn boost capacity."

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The Central Line is the longest underground line in London, running between Epping and Ealing Broadway and West Ruislip. It is also one of the network's busiest lines, with around 260 million passenger journeys made each year, so news of an upgrade is sure to be well received by commuters.

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Over 800,000 passengers travel on the Central Line each day

The news follows a recent survey by YouGov which revealed that the Central Line was Londoners' most disliked tube line, with 24 per cent saying that they didn't like travelling on it. The tube line has also been named the most delayed and most crime-ridden line on the network, as well as the second hottest, with temperatures often hitting 26.1⁰C in carriages at rush hour.

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In more welcome news for Londoners, it was recently revealed that the capital is no longer the most expensive city in the UK, according to new findings. The annual housing affordability analysis by Lloyd's Bank shows that London has been knocked off the top spot by the nearby city of Oxford.

Recent studies show that the historic hotspot – home to one of the world's most prestigious universities – shows the biggest disparity between average regional pay and the cost of buying a home in the area, with the average home costing £385,372 and the average residents' income landing at just £36,033.

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