Circle Line "Teacup" Trials

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 107 months ago
Circle Line "Teacup" Trials

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An eagle-eyed spotter at London Reconnections has noticed that TfL is running trials over this weekend for the proposed "teacupping" of the Circle line.

The idea, knocked about for some months, involves running Circle line trains out of Hammersmith and into the city to complete one loop of the line, before terminating at Edgware Road and reversing through the loop back to Hammersmith. This would substantially reduce the number of delays regularly experienced on the Circle line, but also meaning that passengers travelling clockwise from the southern section of the line would have to change trains at Edgware Road.

There are concerns about how the additional traffic would tax the already burned signals and changes at Edgware Road, and the shift isn't expected until December this year. However, a sharp-sighted reader has alerted us to the fact that TfL's own Journey Planner website appears to think that the Circle Line now runs as far as Hammersmith.

Diamond Geezer yesterday took to the rails and became one of the first people to ride the new, and soon-to-be incongruously named, Circle line. His verdict? Things are going to be complicated.

Last Updated 28 June 2009


Interesting this, I spoke with one of the TfL managers are Paddington one evening and put my thoughts on this t-cup circle line to them. more so on the problem of accessability for the disabled, the current over crowding on platforms 15/16 (H&C lines). So as for the proposed mod to the circle line, the safety problems will only get worse. According to Railtrack platforms 15/16 will get an uplift - in 2014 !! so no hope there for us lot until then and the uplift in 2014 is for Crossrail nothing to do with the t-cup circle line. Also according to network rail managers (again one evening at Paddington), they are blocking the move on safety grounds.

Wonder if the train drivers will strike over this?


Just checked the journey planner, put in Shepard's Bush Market to Euston Square for today (Sunday) and sure enough use H&S or Circle lines. Put inthe same journey for tomorrow (Monday) and, only H&C comes up.

So journey planner is correct but only due to work on the current circle line, or has TfL got other plans, as per the main text, as a pre-cursor trail for later in the year??


Ooh, well spotted, and you're quite right -- it's as if it never happened... Curiouser and curiouser.