I love the 1972 stock and long may it continue! Apart from some rough curves it has a reasonably easy life compared with other lines. The trains have just undergone chassis and body works to ensure it is fit for service and it will soon undergo modification as discussed. It is also the last stock in London (probably the mainland) with a Westinghouse brake.
Looking through my notes from various TfL papers, i have noted down the following for the RVAR compliance:
- First wheelchair bay May 2019, last Nov 2020. - First PIS Jan 2020, Last May 2021.
Has anyone seen these wheelchair bays on new trains, are they indeed being introduced slowly?
Also, also news on the PIS...we should see the first in 6-8 weeks now I guess, but I'm wondering if these will be old-style scrolling displays like the Jubilee line or more modern displays like the Class 345s/Overground with the ability to show disruption. Any info? I'm hoping for the latter nowadays.
gals , I'm not holding out very high expectations for the spec of Passenger Info Systems given that they like the multi use headboards (fitted in the trailer of the single ended unit) are a legislative requirement and will likely be your standard scrolling text ones.
After doing a bit of digging, in October this year the DfT granted another exemption up to Dec 2021.
A month previously, Mike Brown wrote to Paul Maynard MP:
Mike Brown on 7 August 2019 "Despite our best efforts we will regrettably be unable to meet all of the requirements of RVAR by 1 January 2020 for a number of our trains"
To date there have been no RVAR compliant trains in passenger service to my knowledge, this further exemption notice to me suggests project timeline slippage.
There are no stations on the line that are fully accessible to those in a wheelchair, but there are several that are partially step-free (e.g. same-direction interchange is available at Oxford Circus, Baker Street and from Queens Park northwards). RVAR is about much more than just people in wheelchairs though.
The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes, but with the heart. --Antoine de St. Exupery
What is the expected date for the first modified train to enter service? (i.e. DDA compliant).
Are the 72ts going to be refurbished again?
Papers for the 2020/25 TfL Business Plan show that the Bakerloo line expects Siemens trains between 2027 and 2030, subject to funding, but the 72TS will require life extension works 2024-27 in any case.