Big Smoke carriages roll into Rotherham

A London Underground carriage on the streets of Rotherham.
A London Underground carriage on the streets of Rotherham.
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MOTORISTS in Rotherham have been doing a double take – as they pass London Underground trains on the town’s roads.

Transport for London is replacing its 1960s-built carriages on London Underground’s Metropolitan line and in Buckinghamshire with new air-conditioned trains in a £1.5 billion deal.

And the old ones, which have spent the last 45 years shuttling between central London and the leafy Home Counties, are being sent on the back of lorries to South Yorkshire.

The trains, which until their decommissioning were the oldest remaining in service on the Underground, are being delivered to metal recycling firm CF Booth – a specialist in disposing of railway rolling stock – based in Armer Street, Rotherham.