A huge fleet of trains and buses are ready to haul commuters from one end of the city to the other on a single track if and when London is forced to use the city’s new metro network, according to a new report from the Transport Research Laboratory.
The TRSL has calculated that, over the next four years, London’s public transport network will be able to handle a massive influx of commuters from the outer boroughs of Camden, Lambeth, Wandsworth, and south-west London.
The plan, called the ‘Metrolink to Camden’ scheme, is aimed at helping to alleviate the strain on the citys roads and rail network.
TRSl CEO Dr. Richard Stirling told Ars that while London’s metro is already very capable, its current capacity of 20 million passengers a day is far too high.
“If we are able to get a network of 40 million passengers per day, that will allow us to increase capacity in the outer areas,” he said.
“That is what we are going to do.”
The project is already under way, with the first two stations already being built and the full network set to be up and running by 2020.
The new rail lines will carry about 5 million people per day on the lines that are already operational.
The stations are expected to be operational by 2021.
To ensure that passengers have enough time to get on and off the train, the TRS laments that it has no plans to add a dedicated lane to the tracks that are currently reserved for cars.
Instead, the project has proposed to make the entire system a dedicated car lane, instead of using the existing one.
“We need to make it easier for people to get onto and off trains by reducing the traffic,” said Stirling.
“So the only way to make that happen is to build dedicated lanes for cars.”
“We are really concerned that we are only going to get to half our capacity capacity when we are finished,” he added.
The idea behind the Metrolink-to-Camden scheme is that the new metro will make it much easier for commuters to get from the capital to the outer districts.
The first two platforms are already up and rolling, and they are already set to run at capacity.
To be able take passengers from one side of the capital, to the city center, and back again, the first four stations will be fully accessible, with three stations already in operation.
The remaining two stations will also be fully functional by the time the system is fully operational in 2020.
“The first two have already been completed, the third one is being built right now,” said TRS director of operations Dr. David Dutton.
“All the stations are being built, so we should have them up and operating by the end of 2020.”
The stations will include a dedicated bus lane and a dedicated cycle lane.
“Our aim is to give people the flexibility to get where they want to go, when they want, and when they are going,” said Dutton, who said the system will allow people to travel to work, to university, to restaurants, and anywhere else they want.
TIRL is hoping that the system can be operational in just under three years, and that the plan can be rolled out on an even more rapid basis once the London Underground is open for business.
“What we are really hoping is that we can get all the stations in operation by the middle of 2021,” said Dr. Dutton in an interview.
“Because we are not going to be able do the full work for six months after opening.”
TIRl is also looking at using the rail system as a way to reduce congestion on the network, and to reduce pollution.
According to its report, a third of the London subway’s current traffic is caused by drivers making journeys between the different stations on their way to work or school.
By using the Metrorail, commuters can move from one station to another without having to leave their cars.
“This is an extremely significant improvement in terms of air quality,” said David Durden.
“When we use Metrorails it reduces the amount of pollution we get.
It reduces the emissions by about 30 percent.”
The Metrolinks are currently only being implemented in Camden, and it is not clear how many stations will eventually be added to the network.
The report estimates that the first three stations will open in 2019 and the fourth station in 2020, and the rest of the system in 2021.
TCRL has set aside money for the scheme, and says it expects to be operating a Metrolin station in Lambeth by 2021, while a Metlint station in Wandsford will open by 2022.
But the project will take at least three years to complete, and in the meantime, the city will continue to struggle to get its streets and highways back to normal.