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Cooking on the Central Line... map shows hot spots on London Underground unfit even for transporting cattle



By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 7:25 PM on 24th August 2009



A map which reveals the hottest spots on London's underground system has been revealed to commuters.


The map of zones 1 and 2 shows temperatures over above 35C have been recorded in some areas - making the trains officially unfit for transporting cattle.

The Central line had some of the worst spots, while the Bakerloo line also felt the heat when the map was compiled.



article-1208723-062B1832000005DC-277_468x286.jpg Baking: Passengers attempt to stay cool on a hot train. The new map recorded temperatures above 35C at some stations


Stations which recorded high temperatures included tourist destinations Oxford Circus, Paddington and St Paul's.

Transport for London says the map is used by its engineers who are responsible for keeping London Underground bearable for commuters - the so-called Cooling the Tube team.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced that the first air-conditioned trains are expected to run next summer.

By 2015, the trainswill be running on the District, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City lines.

But they won't be expanded to the entire network because the air conditioning units are situated in train roofs and they do not fit in the smaller tunnels of the deeper-level network, including the Northern line.





Efforts to improve the situation of the deeper lines have so far been limited to expanding ventilation shafts and installing industrial fans.

A TfL spokeswoman said that the London network was at a disadvantage because there was 'no concept of air-conditioning' when construction began in 1860.


'Our team is working hard to find a solution,' she said.

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