lunes, 23 de febrero de 2015

The new tube for London

Watch this video from Transport for London about the plans for new trains London's underground.

Self-study activity:
Watch the video and complete the blanks in the transcript with the missing information. The activity is suitable for Básico 2 and Intermediate 1 students.

Across the Underground trains, stations and (1) ... are being modernized. But with London’s population growing rapidly we need to do even more.
In the upcoming decade, we will introduce the New Tube for London, which will mean faster, more frequent and more (2) ... journeys on the Piccadilly, Central, Bakerloo and Waterloo & City lines.
Modern signalling and train control systems will mean the new trains can run faster and more frequently boosting (3) ... on the Piccadilly line alone by up to 60 per cent.
Our design vision is for a train that both echoes the best of London’s transport heritage and (4) ... the latest modern technology. The (5) ... spacious and comfortable new trains will have walk through carriages to increase capacity and will have all double (6) ... to speed up boarding and alighting.
Automatic trains are already in service on several lines and many Metros around the world are now introducing fully automatic trains with centralised monitoring and control to (7) ... improve customer service and efficiency. The new trains will (8) ... real time information and for the first time on the deep level Tube, trains will be air-cooled making journeys more comfortable for customers.
Platforms will be modified to improve (9) ... and modern Platform Edge Door technology, already introduced on the Jubilee line, will be progressively deployed to (10) ... improve safety and reliability. When the new train (11) ... service it will have an operator on board. But as these trains will (12) ... London for over 40 years they will be designed and built to be capable of fully automatic operation.
The New Tube for London is designed to meet London’s needs, making life better for customers and providing a service of which Londoners can be proud.
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