Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Is this the future of the 24-hour London Underground?

The future of the underground (© Siemens)
There's a revised tube planned for London, one that will run 24-hours a day on Friday and Saturday come 2015. That, along with contactless card payment facilities, extensive Wi-Fi coverage and improved disabled access at another 27 underground stations in the capital could help transform the service. But, what will this new system be like and how will the trains differ to existing rolling stock in the future?If you regularly commute on the London Underground or simply use it to dip in and out of the capital on occasion then you'll know that some aspects of the once innovative design could do with a refresh. One of the main areas that could be improved in some cases is the trains themselves, which on some lines are starting to look a little on the tired side.
So a new exhibition that has opened its doors at theCrystal in London is well worth a visit if you'd like to get a glimpse at what the future could hold for underground trains. Presented by the engineering experts Siemens in conjunction with London Transport Museum, the 'Going Underground: Our journey to the future' exhibition will showcase future developments for metro-style trains and stations.
Prior to seeing that, our latest video joins broadcaster Kate Russell as she explores the past at the London Transport Museum and then takes us on a journey via the present and onwards to the future of underground travel in the capital.
About Kate Russell
Kate Russell started writing about technology, gaming and the internet in 1995 and now appears weekly on BBC World and BBC2 reporting for the technology programme Click. A regular expert on the sofa at ITV’s Daybreak and various other TV and radio stations, she writes columns for National Geographic Traveller magazine and Web User magazine. Her first book Working the Cloud and companion website Workingthecloud.biz is the ultimate collection of online tips, tricks and resources for small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs. She was also the only British journalist shortlisted for the Shorty Awards in 2013.

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