Because these lines share a lot of track and infrastructure, they are being modernised under a single combined and integrated project, Four Lines Modernisation (4LM).
As part of the 4LM project we will be working along the Metropolitan line in the Harrow, Northwood and Moor Park areas on Christmas Day 2019. This is being done to take advantage of no train services running on this day.
The works will include cabling works at Harrow-on-the-Hill station and the installation of new infrastructure along this stretch of the line.
Works will begin at 02:00 on 25 December and continue until 05:00 on 26 December 2019. We will not be using any noisy equipment and do not expect that any residents will be disturbed. However, if you live close to the Metropolitan line you may notice some activity taking place along the tracks.
If you have any queries about the works, find out to get in touch on our Help & contacts page.
Watch how we're transforming the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.
The four lines are among some of the oldest sections of the Underground network, with parts dating back to 1863. Together they make up 40% of the Tube network, with around a million passenger journeys each day.
Some equipment used on these lines is old and needs to be replaced. We're introducing new technology that will reduce journey times and increase capacity - essential to support London's growing population.
A fleet of 192 modern, air-conditioned, walk-through S-stock trains run across the Circle, Hammersmith & City, District and Metropolitan lines.
These trains are longer and more spacious than the old trains they replaced. The train doors are also bigger, creating extra space for more people to get on and off at stations. This speeds up journeys.
The trains also have improved audio and visual information, dedicated wheelchair spaces and colour contrasting interiors.
By replacing old and worn out track and points your journeys will be quieter and smoother. Coupled with brand new drainage systems, they will be more reliable during bad weather.
Better drainage means that the track is much less likely to flood, reducing delays to journeys because of signal failures, as well as fewer closures for maintenance and repair works.
Work to install a new signalling and control system began in summer 2016. This will eventually allow the trains to be driven automatically, with a train operator in the cab to open and close the doors. The train operator will be responsible for managing customer information and safety.
Similar technology introduced in recent years on the Jubilee and Northern lines improved performance. The new signalling system allows trains to be run closer together, meaning a more frequent service and shorter waiting times, allowing more people to be carried. This new technology will enable us to reduce delays and improve reliability.
The programme will allow us to operate 32 trains per hour, a 33% increase in peak-hour capacity. Installation work will require some line closures.