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07/09/2015 16:31 BST | Updated 07/09/2015 17:59 BST

London Architects Dream Up Solution To Snails Pace Circle Line Tube Route

A firm of maverick architects thinks one of London Underground's oldest tube lines should be converted into a series of moving walkways - and it might even speed things up.

The Circle Line is perceived as being the slowest and least reliable of the city's network, but the ambitious proposals claim that the conversion to three differently configured travelators would at least match current commuting times.

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The travelators will allow for three different travel speeds

Artist renditions depict shops and eateries dotted around the line, with people able to simply jump off the walkway to walk on terra firma.

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Shops and bars could be placed alongside the walkways

NBBJ has offices across the world and developed the proposals in London, it said: "The Circle Line carries 114 million people each year."

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Notting Hill station transformed under the proposals

"Currently able to accommodate eight trains at any one time and reach a top speed of 20 miles per hour, the line is one of the most congested in London, often subject to delays and frequently unpleasant for overheated commuters."

The firm has previously developed proposals for an ambitious 'shadowless skyscraper'.

The line celebrates its 110th anniversary this year.