Transport for London (TfL) has awarded a £1.5 billion contract which will see the delivery of 94 new generation Tube trains.
Siemens Mobility Ltd has been awarded the contract that will transform the journeys on the Piccadilly line and with the improved technology on these tube trains, the ability to increase capacity will be welcomed.
Currently, there are in excess of 700,000 customers on the Piccadilly line every day and as it stands, the fleet size and old signalling technology have combined to put brakes on the ability to increase capacity on the line.
As a result, 94 state-of-the-art Inspiro trains will be designed and built by Siemens Mobility Ltd, ready for 2023, will enable 27 trains per hour (tph) to operate on the Piccadilly line at peak times by the end of 2026 – this is three more per hour at the current level and will equate to a train every 135 seconds at peak times.
This contract is the first under TfL’s Deep Tube Upgrade Programme which will eventually see the replacement of the 1970s Piccadilly line fleet.
TfL is also committed to upgrading the outdated signalling on the line and, along with the purchase of additional trains, by the end of the 2020s, peak capacity on the busiest central sections of the Piccadilly line will allow for an extra 21,000 customers on board trains every hour at peak times.
In a wider context, the introduction of these Tube trains, and those on other lines as part of the Deep Tube Upgrade Programme will help to achieve the Mayor’s target of ensuring 80% of journeys are made by public transport, cycling or walking by 2041.
Mike Brown MVO is the Commissioner of TfL. He described this contract announcement as a “significant milestone.”
He said: “The announcement of our intention to award the contract to design and build a new generation Tube train is a huge milestone for London Underground.
“We are delivering the biggest investment programme in our history to continue to improve customers’ journeys and support London’s population and employment growth.
“It also demonstrates once again that investment in London creates jobs and apprenticeship opportunities right across the country.”