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Siemens wins order for 94 GenNext London tube trains

02-12-2018

Siemens Mobility Limited said it has won a major contract from London Underground Limited (a subsidiary of Transport for London) to design and manufacture 94 new generation Tube trains to replace the existing 1970s fleet.

These trains will be more spacious, air-conditioned, have walk-through carriages and improve accessibility besides providing additional capacity and improved customer experience for millions of passengers.

The contract will facilitate a multi-million pound investment in a factory in Goole, East Yorkshire, creating thousands of UK jobs, said a statement from Siemens.

The current trains are old, increasingly unreliable and expensive to maintain. From 2023, new spacious ‘Inspiro London’ trains will be delivered for testing on the Piccadilly line, with current estimates indicating the first of these trains will be serving customers in 2024.

These will improve reliability and enable increased frequencies during peak times by the end of 2026 (up from 24 to 27 trains-per-hour). This service - a train every 135 seconds at the busiest times - will help to address crowding on the line as London’s population continues to rise, said the German technology giant.

The state-of-the-art Tube trains will significantly improve the experience of millions of customers, with wider doors and longer, walk-through, fully air-conditioned carriages. In addition, in-train information systems will help all customers plan their onward journey more easily, it stated.  

The initial order is for 94 trains and an associated Fleet Services Agreement covering the supply of spares and whole life technical support worth £1.5 billion ($1.9 billion).

This has been awarded with the expectation that Siemens Mobility will build trains for all four Deep Tube lines – the Piccadilly, Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City, said a top official.

"The introduction of new trains on the Piccadilly line will significantly improve the journeys of millions of our customers, providing more frequent and more reliable trains for decades to come," remarked Nigel Holness, the managing director of London Underground.

"This order will mean the replacement of the 1970s Piccadilly line fleet, with delivery of the new trains in 2023, and will help address crowding on the line as London’s population continues to rise," he added.

William Wilson, the managing director of Rolling Stock of Siemens Mobility Limited, said: "These state-of-the-art trains, which are track-friendly and future-proofed for a long life, will transform the travel experience for the 700,000 daily Piccadilly line passengers."

"We have thought about travellers at every stage of the process and as a result the trains feature walk-through carriages with wider doors, improved access to make them easier to get on and off, and feature full air-conditioning – a real challenge in hot tunnels," he added.-TradeArabia News Service




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