Transport for London
Victoria line services to increase in major boost for commuters
New timetable means trains arrive every 100 seconds for around three hours during weekday morning and evening peaks.
- Boost to peak capacity on Victoria line will benefit hundreds of thousands of customers every day
- Increased frequency will reduce crowding and congestion
Victoria line commuters will benefit from quicker and more comfortable journeys from today as Transport for London (TfL) doubles the length of its highest frequency peak services.
A new timetable, introduced today, means that Victoria Line trains will arrive every 100 seconds for three hours during the morning and evening peak, rather than an hour and a half.
The Victoria line is already one of the most frequent metro services in Europe. The new timetable will increase capacity by a further five per cent - benefitting 275,000 customers every weekday. Extending the peak service will give Londoners more flexibility to travel when it suits them, which will help reduce crowding and congestion along the line.
The Victoria line is used by 250 million customers each year and serves Oxford Circus, Kings Cross St Pancras and Victoria, which are among the busiest stations on the network.
Victoria line trains will continue to arrive every 135 seconds outside of peak times.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said:
“The Victoria line is one of London's busiest Tube lines, so I'm delighted that our new timetable will mean hundreds of thousands of commuters will benefit from quicker, more comfortable journeys.
“Since becoming Mayor I've frozen TfL fares, introduced the Hopper fare and invested record amounts in new infrastructure - making it even more convenient for Londoners to use public transport.”
Brian Woodhead, Director of Customer Service for London Underground, said:
“The new timetable on the Victoria line will contribute towards better journeys for hundreds of thousands of customers who use the line every day. It will make stations and trains less crowded, and will make journeys quicker and more comfortable. It is one of the many ways that we are seeking to improve the lives of Londoners, encourage use of public transport and support the city's economic growth.”
The new Victoria line timetable follows the introduction of increased services at peak times on the Northern and Jubilee lines last year.
Victoria line customers have benefited from a range of improvements in recent years. The Siemens signalling system was upgraded in 2017, enabling the increased frequency of services. A major upgrade of Victoria Tube station was completed in 2018, delivering two new entrances, nine new escalators and a new ticket hall.
A number of key stations along the Victoria line are also now fully step-free, with Finsbury Park recently becoming the 78th step-free station across the Underground network. The Victoria line also operates Night Tube services on a Friday and Saturday, providing a quick and affordable way to travel across London at night.
Improvements to the Tube network are an important part of the Mayor's Transport Strategy, as they help to reduce reliance on cars. Investment in public transport helps to make London a greener and more accessible city, and will contribute to the Mayor's target of 80 per cent of journeys made by public transport, cycling or walking by 2041.
Notes to Editors:
- The highest-frequency services previously operated on the Victoria line in Central London between approximately 08.15 and 09.45 in the morning, and 17.00 and 18.30 in the evening.
- The new timetable means that this service will now operate from approximately 07.15 until 10.15 in the morning, and 16.15 until 19.15 in the evening.
Latest News from
Transport for London
Travel information for customers as restrictions are eased09/04/2021 14:20:00
Non-essential retail, outdoor attractions and some indoor facilities will reopen from Monday 12 April, including in central London and the West End.
TfL appoints operator to run temporary Hammersmith ferry service01/04/2021 14:38:00
After a competitive procurement process, Transport for London (TfL) has selected Uber Boat by Thames Clippers to run the temporary Hammersmith ferry.
TfL travel information for the Easter period30/03/2021 08:05:00
The majority of the Transport for London (TfL) network will be running over the long Easter weekend, however there will be some closures for essential maintenance and improvements.
Step-free access available at West Ealing station as upgrade works complete29/03/2021 14:38:00
Lifts provide step-free access from street to platform
TfL responds to publication of UCL research that strengthens fight against the virus22/03/2021 08:05:00
New research commissioned by TfL has been published by UCL's Institute of Health Equity, informing London's continuing focus on protecting bus drivers from coronavirus
World-leading sustainable office development above Southwark station18/03/2021 13:33:00
Southwark Council has given TfL the green light to construct a new net zero-carbon office development over Southwark Tube station, as part of its wider commercial development plans to help create long-term, sustainable revenue.
Acton Main Line station latest to be made step-free as upgrade works complete18/03/2021 11:38:00
Station improvements completed by Network Rail also include new ticket office, gatelines and customer information screens.
TfL’s popular Santander Cycles scheme reaches 100 million hires15/03/2021 16:20:00
The 100 millionth journey was made on a Santander Cycle on Saturday 6 March