TUBE passengers will have more to grab hold of when extra handles are installed on the new Metropolitan Line trains, after complaints the existing bars are too high.
New S class trains were introduced to the line earlier this year, at a cost of about £1.5billion.
The walkthrough trains have now completely replaced the ageing M class fleet, with fewer seats and more standing room.
But the horizontal bars were higher than in the older trains by a matter of inches and smaller passengers struggled to reach them.
The new handles, called strap hangers, will be suspended from the bars.
The Federation of Metropolitan Line Users’ Association, which represents travellers using the line, said it first raised concerns about the height of the bars two years ago.
Chairman Anthony Wood said: “In the design stage, we suggested they fit strap hangers, but they refused, saying they weren’t necessary. About a year ago we raised it again and were quite firm with it. Three months ago they decided to trial them in one of the trains and that went very well.”
Dave White, performance manager for the Metropolitan Line, said: “Since the introduction of the new S stock trains on the Metropolitan Line, we have been monitoring how people have been using the trains and listened to feedback, including the request for more and lower hand holds on the trains.
“The rails and poles for the S stock can’t be moved due to the structure of the train. However, we will be introducing strap hangers to the trains similar to those currently on London overground trains. The hangers will be fitted to all the S stock trains currently in service over the coming months.”
The full fleet of new trains is now running on the line, although four old trains are being held in reserve, in case they are needed during the Olympics.
■ Are you a Met Line commuter? Are the bars too much of a stretch? www.harrow.co.uk/tellus.