New Tube train for London

Transport for London has unveiled designs for the ‘New Tube for London’, which will be introduced in the mid-2020s.

250 new trains will see service on the Piccadilly, Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City lines. Transport design specialists, PriestmanGoode, have come up with an innovative design featuring walk-through carriages, wider doors, step free access, and air-cooling (for the first time).

An invitation to tender (ITT) is expected in early 2015, and a contract to build is likely to be awarded in 2016. The first units could be running on the Piccadilly line in 2022.

The new trains will cost between £1bn and £2.5bn to build; Alstom, Siemens, Hitachi, CAF and Bombardier have been shortlisted as bidders.

Mock ups of the new trains will be on display at the public exhibition at King’s Cross St Pancras Underground station (Northern ticket hall) until 16 November.

658/Oct 14

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