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Last Updated: Monday, 11 September 2006, 06:36 GMT 07:36 UK
'The Drain' reopens after upgrade
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Journeys on the Waterloo & City line will be quicker following the upgrade
The Tube's shortest line has reopened after five months, following a major upgrade of track and equipment.

The Waterloo and City line, nicknamed The Drain, has two stops and carries an average of 37,000 commuters a day.

Maintenance firm Metronet promised faster journeys, more room, CCTV in every carriage and better reliablity.

The line was supposed to re-open on 1 September but engineering works overran - Metronet will be fined hundreds of thousands of pounds for the delay.

'Complex project'

Trains are newly refurbished and have been painted in London Underground's distinctive red, white and blue livery.

A spokesperson for London Underground said the upgrading work was a bit behind but that it was "a complex project requiring a great deal of work".

LU's Tim O'Toole said: "We look forward to a safer, more reliable and comfortable Waterloo & City line and for Metronet to continue to deliver improvements to the Tube, as promised."

The upgrade of the Waterloo & City line is part of Transport for London's 10bn investment programme to improve and expand London's transport network.



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