New Tube Trains Revealed
The Mayor and
London Underground (LU) have revealed stunning new designs for the 'New Tube
for London' - the next generation of Underground trains, which will come in to
service from the mid-2020s.
The New Tube
will be introduced first on the Piccadilly line, followed by the Bakerloo,
Central and Waterloo & City lines. Its innovative design will also allow
for air-cooling for the first time on deep-level sections of the Tube.
The train - designs for which are part of a new public exhibition
at King's Cross St Pancras Underground station - also features improved
accessibility, with step free access from the platform as well as walk-through
carriages and wider doors.
of new trains and a better Tube service will help the Underground keep pace
with London's rapidly rising population and support the city's economy.
building of the 250 new trains, which will feature attractive internal styling
that echoes the Underground's heritage, will also help to support new jobs and
growth elsewhere in the UK.
London's (TfL) team have worked with transport design specialists
PriestmanGoode to ensure that there was a balance between the design and
function of a train that will serve London for decades to come, and respect the
world-renowned and instantly recognisable design heritage of London
The Mayor of
London, Boris Johnson, said: `These innovative, eye-catching and sleek new
trains will be vital for the continued modernisation of London Underground.
From Greenford to Gants Hill, from Alperton to Arnos Grove, they will ferry
millions of people across our city, more comfortably, reliably and stylishly
than ever before. The New Tube marks a significant step forward in giving Londoners and visitors the
accessible and modern transport service that they expect and deserve.These
beautiful, air-cooled machines represent the best of British design and
innovation. They will help to keep London and its economy moving in the right
Mike Brown MVO,
Managing Director of London Underground said: `The New Tube for
London will change the face of travel on the Underground. The faster, more
frequent and more reliable services it will enable will help us keep pace with
London's growing population. The design respects the past but also looks to the
future with the very latest technology; including walk-through carriages and
wider doors to enable people to get on and off quickly and air-cooling for the
first time on the deep level lines.
`Londoners are already seeing huge improvements on the Tube
network, with faster and more frequent journeys on the Jubilee and Victoria
lines, the modernisation of the Northern line nearing completion this year, and
new walk-through, air-cooled trains on the Circle, Hammersmith &
City, Metropolitan and part of the District lines. The New Tube will take
the improvements to the next level.`
The trains will serve London for more than 40 years and will be designed and
built to be capable of fully automatic operation.
When the new trains first
enter service they will have an operator on board. Along with modernised signal
systems operating alongside them, the trains will enable faster, more frequent
and reliable services with fewer delays, as well as providing greater capacity
on all four lines:
Designer and Co-founding Director of PriestmanGoode, said: `London's Tube
is one of the most iconic trains around the world. We are proud to have
designed something that is part of the very fabric of London life, celebrating
all that's great about London's environment; cutting edge technology, rich
history and diversity. The New Tube for London will take the city into
the future by enriching the everyday journey of its passengers.`
The New Tube for
London exhibition is at King's Cross St Pancras Underground station, Northern
ticket hall, from Thursday 9 October until Sunday 16 November.
features images of the New Tube design, including a fly-through film, giving
Londoners a glimpse into the future.
A formal Invitation to
tender is expected to be issued in early 2015 and a contract to build the new
trains to be awarded in 2016. The first train is expected to come into service
on the Piccadilly line in 2022.
Central line by 25 per cent (the equivalent of up to 12,000 customers per
Bakerloo line by 25 per cent (the equivalent of up to 8,000 customers per
Waterloo & City line by 50 per cent (the equivalent of up to 9,000
customers per hour);and,
- The Piccadilly line by 60 per cent (the equivalent of
up to 19,000 customers per hour).