New system helps Victoria Line passengers chill out
A new chiller system has been installed on the northern part of the Victoria Line between Blackhorse Road and Walthamstow Central.
The system works by drawing fresh air from the street, through coils which have chilled water flowing through them. Transport for London says a cooling fan is capable of moving the equivalent of 33 double-decker buses full of cold air every minute.
Chilled air is sent into a mid- tunnel shaft between Walthamstow Central and Blackhorse Road Tube stations, reducing temperatures on the platforms and in the tunnel by up to three degrees.
TfL said Walthamstow is currently one of the warmest stations on the Victoria Line.
Elsewhere in the capital, two new lifts at London Underground’s Tower Hill station now provide step-free access to all three platforms for passengers with limited mobility, pushchairs and heavy luggage. The upgrade forms part of a £326 million investment in improving access to Underground stations.
Step-free routes have also been created between the station and Tower Gateway on the Docklands Light Railway, and at c2c’s Fenchurch Street station.
Tower Hill is the 68th on the Tube network to become step-free. Transport for London plans to make half of its rail and underground stations fully accessible by 2018.