Modernisation of four tube lines delayed by up to five years after embarrassing failure of £350m project

The modernisation of four tube lines is to be delayed by up to five years following the embarrassing failure of a £350m project to install new signals.

The high-tech upgrade of the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines was due to finish in 2018.

But Transport for London today confirmed a revised target date of 2023 for the new system.

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TfL claims the improvements will mean 'faster and more frequent' services with trains every two minutes in central London.

The original £354m contract with Bombardier was scrapped in 2013 after tube bosses concluded the system might not work.

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The project has now been handed to a new supplier, Thales, with a revised price tag of £760m.

TfL admits it is unable to meet the original 2018 target for work on all four 'sub-surface' lines to be finished.