As much as Londoners love the London Underground network, most can agree that some of the Tube trains could do with a little make-over. The new Tube trains for the Elizabeth line have set a new bar for the standard travelers will expect with the tremendous amount of care going into every detail.
The next line on the London Underground for a new generation of Tube trains is the Piccadilly line, which has been using the same rolling stock since 1973. The much-needed new trains will be seen on the Piccadilly line from 2025 and will come complete with air-conditioning and walk-through carriages.
Half of the new train fleet will be built the Siemens Mobility factory in Goole, Yorkshire. The new fleet of trains aim to help to boost frequency, reliability and capacity on the line when they launch, according to Transport for London (TfL).
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Sadiq Khan visited the factory in Yorkshire to get the first peek at what the trains will really look like from the inside as he toured some mock-up carriages. Most striking was just how modern the carriages appeared with brand new patterns on the seating.
Stuart Harvey, TfL’s chief capital officer, said: “It’s fantastic to see the progress towards introducing desperately needed, modern and reliable trains on the Piccadilly line. They will bring additional capacity, air-conditioning, walk-through carriages and improved accessibility, as well as boosting reliability and energy efficiency.
“Sustained long-term investment in TfL would enable us to introduce more modern trains over time to replace other aging fleets alongside new signalling – improving the journeys of millions more customers, reducing the costs of running the Tube and supporting hundreds more jobs in Goole and beyond in the years to come. “
TfL has time-limited options built into its contract with Siemens Mobility to also build new Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City line trains in the future, but the ongoing issues with funding TfL are an issue. Under a managed decline scenario, the date for new trains for the Bakerloo and Central line would be pushed back to the late 2030s or early 2040s.
Mr Khan said: “Visiting this Yorkshire factory and the state-of-the-art Piccadilly Line trains being built, it is clear how strong London’s relationships with our regional suppliers are – demonstrating just how vital skills and expertise around the country is to London’s success and how investment in TfL is vital to jobs and a UK wide recovery.
“Without sufficient capital investment in TfL, future contracts with regional suppliers are at risk. The best way to secure these highly skilled jobs into the future is for ministers to break the continuous cycle of short-term funding deals handed to TfL which only holds back London and the rest of the country from innovation, jobs and economic growth.
“When London succeeds, the country succeeds and vice versa. This week the Government has the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to level up and deliver the capital funding TfL and its supply chain needs – without it, both London and the wider country will be held back. “
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