New sys­tem helps Vic­to­ria Line pas­sen­gers chill out

Rail (UK) - - Network News -

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.

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