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London Underground begins tube train LED installation

One of London Underground's oldest lines, the Bakerloo Line, is set to undergo an LED make-over.
Plans are being made to re-fit trains on the Bakerloo Line and the Central Line with LED luminaires.

Transport for London has issued tenders to fit Bakerloo Line underground trains with LED lighting.

TfL is hoping that the fixtures will reduce the energy consumption used on the  underground network, brining the Bakerloo network into line with Rail Vehicle Accessibility regulations.

The fixtures will replace ageing fluorescent tubes, which are currently used to light Bakerloo trains.

TfL intends that the refit will both improve the experience for the commuter, while extending the life of the current train fleet.

The new LED fixtures will replace aging fluorescent tubes, which are currently used on Bakerloo trains.

The new LED fixtures will be fitted on the London Underground’s Bakerloo Line 72 Train Stock, which is comprised of 36 trains.

TfL is currently in the process of looking for suppliers who will be expected to deliver a contract that is bespoke and sustainable, which demonstrates the best value approach to the delivery of a replacement lighting system for fare-payers.

The Underground operator is also currently working on putting together tenders for installing LED fixtures on the Central Line in spring of 2017.

Transport for London has saved millions of pounds recently by using a plan developed by the EU funded organisation Procurement of Lighting Innovation and Technology in Europe or Pro-Lite as it is also known. 

The LED train lighting on the Bakerloo Line –  one of the oldest lines on the London Underground network –  is part of tranche of investment by TfL. It is also considering a major extension of the line to Lewisham and Catford Bridge in south London.