Mayor of London promises air conditioning for deep-level Underground
Boris Johnson confirms air conditioning plans for London Underground
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has confirmed that technicians have solved the problem of air conditioning capabilities on deep-level Underground trains and has promised it will be installed within the foreseeable future.
Boris Johnson confirmed the development during his latest question-and-answer Twitter session; which could be his last as Mayor of London, as his eight year reign comes to an end later this year. Mayor Johnson has already confirmed that he will not serve another term as Mayor of London.
In relation to the Underground air conditioning situation, Mayor Johnson tweeted: “We have cracked air con on the deep tube so should be as soon as new Tube trains come in…don’t cut TfL budgets”.
London commuters have to suffer suffocating temperatures on the Underground in summer months, with highs of 35C being recorded in previous years. Many London Underground passengers have called for air conditioning systems to be installed on the trains and have asked to receive the same treatment as cattle, which cannot be transported in temperatures over 30C.
At present, only the District and Circle trains are fitted with air conditioning systems, but Transport for London has announced the production of 250 new trains for the Waterloo & City, Piccadilly, Bakerloo and Central lines. The new trains will have fully-functioning air conditioning systems and are to be introduced by 2020.
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