Architecture firm proposes London's trains be replaced with moving walkways

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Architecture Firm Proposes London's Trains Be Replaced With Moving Walkways

London's local trains can get notoriously overcrowded, so the architecture firm NBBJ came up with an alternative to relieve congestion and transport people more quickly.

They suggest replacing the traditional car and rail system of the Circle Line with moving walkways.

Comprised of 3 lanes, the point of entry would land passengers on a track advancing at the average walking pace of 3 miles per hour.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Commuters make their way towards Waterloo Bridge on July 9, 2015 in London, England. London Underground workers are staging a 15 hour strike after management and unions failed to reach agreement over new night time services. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Commuters leave Waterloo Station on July 9, 2015 in London, England. London Underground workers are staging a 15 hour strike after management and unions failed to reach agreement over new night time services. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Commuters walk over Waterloo Bridge on July 9, 2015 in London, England. London Underground workers are staging a 15 hour strike after management and unions failed to reach agreement over new night time services. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Commuters walk around Waterloo Station on July 9, 2015 in London, England. London Underground workers are staging a 15 hour strike after management and unions failed to reach agreement over new night time services. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Commuters leave Waterloo Station on July 9, 2015 in London, England. London Underground workers are staging a 15 hour strike after management and unions failed to reach agreement over new night time services. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Commuters board buses at Waterloo Station on July 9, 2015 in London, England. London Underground workers are staging a 15 hour strike after management and unions failed to reach agreement over new night time services. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A commuter undocks a Santander Bike at Waterloo Station on July 9, 2015 in London, England. London Underground workers are staging a 15 hour strike after management and unions failed to reach agreement over new night time services. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Commuters wait for buses at Waterloo on July 9, 2015 in London, England. London Underground workers are staging a 15 hour strike after management and unions failed to reach agreement over new night time services. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Commuters leave Waterloo Station on July 9, 2015 in London, England. London Underground workers are staging a 15 hour strike after management and unions failed to reach agreement over new night time services. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Commuters wait to board buses at Waterloo Station on July 9, 2015 in London, England. London Underground workers are staging a 15 hour strike after management and unions failed to reach agreement over new night time services. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Commuters wait for buses at Waterloo on July 9, 2015 in London, England. London Underground workers are staging a 15 hour strike after management and unions failed to reach agreement over new night time services. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Police and community support officers help commuters find buses at Waterloo Station on July 9, 2015 in London, England. London Underground workers are staging a 15 hour strike after management and unions failed to reach agreement over new night time services. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Commuters leave Waterloo Station on July 9, 2015 in London, England. London Underground workers are staging a 15 hour strike after management and unions failed to reach agreement over new night time services. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Docking stations are filled up with the Santander Bikes at Waterloo Station on July 9, 2015 in London, England. London Underground workers are staging a 15 hour strike after management and unions failed to reach agreement over new night time services. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Early morning commuters squeeze onto a bus in the City during a tube strike in London on July 9, 2015. London's roads, buses and overland trains struggled to cope in Thursday's morning rush hour as commuters battled into work in the face of London Underground's first strike shutdown since 2002. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Early morning commuters form queues to board buses at Victoria station during a tube strike in London on July 9, 2015. London's roads, buses and overland trains struggled to cope in Thursday's morning rush hour as commuters battled into work in the face of London Underground's first strike shutdown since 2002. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
Early morning commuters travel on a bus in the City during a tube strike in London on July 9, 2015. London's roads, buses and overland trains struggled to cope in Thursday's morning rush hour as commuters battled into work in the face of London Underground's first strike shutdown since 2002. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Early morning commuters are given information at a closed underground gate at Victoria station during a tube strike in London on July 9, 2015. London's roads, buses and overland trains struggled to cope in Thursday's morning rush hour as commuters battled into work in the face of London Underground's first strike shutdown since 2002. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A commuter unlocks her bike from a rack outside Waterloo Station on July 9, 2015 in London, England. London Underground workers are staging a 15 hour strike after management and unions failed to reach agreement over new night time services. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Commuters cross the river Thames using the Millennium footbridge during a tube strike in London on July 9, 2015. London's roads, buses and overland trains struggled to cope in Thursday's morning rush hour as commuters battled into work in the face of London Underground's first strike shutdown since 2002. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: School children leave Waterloo Station on July 9, 2015 in London, England. London Underground workers are staging a 15 hour strike after management and unions failed to reach agreement over new night time services. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Protesters from the ASLEF and RMT unions stand at the locked gates of Brixton underground station during a tube strike in London on July 9, 2015. London's roads, buses and overland trains struggled to cope in Thursday's morning rush hour as commuters battled into work in the face of London Underground's first strike shutdown since 2002. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
Early morning commuters form queues to board buses at Victoria station during a tube strike in London on July 9, 2015. London's roads, buses and overland trains struggled to cope in Thursday's morning rush hour as commuters battled into work in the face of London Underground's first strike shutdown since 2002. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Commuters adjust their helmets as they queue at a bike hire point at Waterloo Station on July 9, 2015 in London, England. London Underground workers are staging a 15 hour strike after management and unions failed to reach agreement over new night time services. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
The gates of Brixton underground station are locked with a chain and padlocks during a tube strike in London on July 9, 2015. London's roads, buses and overland trains struggled to cope in Thursday's morning rush hour as commuters battled into work in the face of London Underground's first strike shutdown since 2002. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman peers out from a window of a crowded bus at Victoria station during a tube strike in London on July 9, 2015. London's roads, buses and overland trains struggled to cope in Thursday's morning rush hour as commuters battled into work in the face of London Underground's first strike shutdown since 2002. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk towards the main entrance of Waterloo train station at the start of the evening rush hour in London, Thursday, July 9, 2015. Millions of commuters jammed buses, rented bicycles or simply walked for miles Thursday, as a 24-hour strike shut down the capital's well-known subway system and threw public transport into chaos. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
During a 24 hour London underground train strike, a sign giving a bus route map stands near closed barriers of Blackfriars underground station in London, Thursday, July 9, 2015. London commuters needed to give more time to arrive for work Thursday to navigate a strike that's shut down the city's subway system. Drivers and station staff walked out for 24 hours from 6:30 p.m. (1730GMT) Wednesday in a dispute over pay and schedules when a 24-hour subway service starts on some lines later this year. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A transport assistant points to the closed tube entrance gate as tube drivers are on strike in London, Thursday, July 9, 2015. Drivers and station staff were walking out for 24 hours from 6:30 p.m. (1730GMT) Wednesday in a dispute over pay and schedules when a 24-hour subway service starts on some lines later this year.The Underground handles 4 million journeys a day, and the strike by members of four unions will likely paralyze the capital's transport system, despite extra bus and river services. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
During a 24 hour London underground train strike, a worker unloads cycles to top up a stockpile of hire cycles from a city bike-sharing scheme in London, Thursday, July 9, 2015. London commuters needed to give more time to arrive for work Thursday to navigate a strike that's shut down the city's subway system. Drivers and station staff walked out for 24 hours from 6:30 p.m. (1730GMT) Wednesday in a dispute over pay and schedules when a 24-hour subway service starts on some lines later this year. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
The tube entrance gate is closed at St.James Park Station as tube drivers are on strike in London, Thursday, July 9, 2015. Drivers and station staff were walking out for 24 hours from 6:30 p.m. (1730GMT) Wednesday in a dispute over pay and schedules when a 24-hour subway service starts on some lines later this year.The Underground handles 4 million journeys a day, and the strike by members of four unions will likely paralyze the capital's transport system, despite extra bus and river services. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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From there, commuters have the option of transitioning to sections that would carry them at the greater speeds of 6 and 9 miles per hour. Once they leave the station, a rate of 15 miles per hour can be achieved in the outer express lane.

Travelers would no longer have to wait for trains to arrive or pause at the stops along the route, which would aid in lowering transit times.

Further, the walkways could hold 3 times the number of people rail cars do.

NBBJ estimates their proposed system could complete the Tube's full Circle Line route 5 minutes faster than the trains now in use, which travel at roughly 20 miles per hour.

The concept does have its downsides. It's unclear how manageable the walkways would be for the elderly and people with disabilities, specifically those in wheelchairs.

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