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'Turn Circle Line into giant travelator', says NBBJ


AJ120 practice NBBJ has unveiled a plan to replace train track on London Underground’s Circle Line with travelators

The firm says that its concept could help reduce travel delays and provide a more pleasant environment for commuters.

The proposal would see commuters step between three adjacent walkways running at different speeds, starting at 3mph and rising to 15mph.

A statement from the firm said: ‘When added to an average walking pace of 3mph, pedestrians would actually move faster on foot than today’s Circle Line trains, which must stop for boarding at each station.

‘The result would be considerably quicker, more enjoyable and healthier journeys.’

The Circle Line currently carries 114 million people each year along its 17 mile route, with trains reaching a top speed of 20mph. It was electrified in 1905.

‘While the Circle Line travelator would likely become one of London’s most efficient and unusual modes of transport, one thing is certain: London requires creative thinking to build a healthy, happy and more liveable city for all,’ the practice said.

NBBJ’s proposal comes six months after it unveiled designs for a ‘shadowless’ skyscraper, designed by calculating the angle of the sun to the street (see AJ 17.03.15).

NBBJ's shadowless skyscraper

NBBJ’s shadowless skyscraper


Readers' comments (4)

  • I see problems for the elderly and infirm, and emperors with no clothes.

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  • Alas, the Circle Line isn't a 'line', merely a route cobbled together by linking separate Underground railways. These routes run out for many miles, for many miles, and millions use them every day to travel in and out. NBBJ: if you don't believe this, come to London, and check for yourselves.

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  • "provide a more pleasant environment for commuters"….laughs.

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  • As Simon Bradley says, the Circle isn't one line but several - its tracks also run District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan trains. So a 100% dumb idea.

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