The Victoria Line Will Soon Only Be Limited By The LAWS OF PHYSICS

By James O Malley on at

Move over NASA - it turns out it isn't just the rocket scientists who need to worry about the laws of physics.

Speaking today at the MetroRail conference, Transport for London boss Mark Wild announced that from the 22nd May the Victoria line - one of the London Underground's most overcrowded lines - will be running 36 trains per hour. That's a new train every 1 minute and 40 seconds. Trains will dwell for 40 seconds - and then it'll only be a 50 second wait for another one.

The changes are a result off years of engineering on the line to increase capacity, and will be a boon to commuters, who are used to crushing into the train carriages at rush hour.

Perhaps the most intriguing thing about though is that it appears that 36tph is a hard limit. It's impossible to make the trains run any faster. In other words: What's limiting capacity now is the laws of physics. Wild apparently called this "Peak Tube".

In the same speech, he also revealed that customer satisfaction levels on the Tube are higher than ever, despite the closure of ticket offices, and he claimed that London "leads the world" in contactless ticketing - which anyone who has ever visited any other city can confirm.