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Remember these futuristic tube train designs dubbed the New Tube? Transport for London just confirmed that the contract is signed. The timetable has also been announced, and we now know when we might see these sleek vehicles in action. Heres the lowdown, in SEO-friendly nuggets.
Goole factory to go ahead as Siemens signs £1.5bn Tube deal
The first new trains will be delivered in 2023 for testing. Unless youre part of the testing programme, or a TfL employee, or a reckless train thief, you wont get to ride one until 2024.
Siemens Mobility Ltd will build 94 of the trains in a contract worth £1.5 billion (which includes lifetime service and spare parts). Much of the work will be done in a new factory in Goole, East Yorkshire.
Initially, the trains will run on the Piccadilly line. The intention is to order further trains for the Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City lines. The Epping-Ongar heritage line is sadly overlooked again.
The current stock is from 1973. Thats bloody ancient — the year Ryan Giggs was born, and Britain joined the European Union (as its called now). These antiquated trains are unreliable and expensive to maintain. The new stock will allow an increase in frequency, and therefore capacity to help cope with Londons expected growth.
Were promised wider doors, air conditioning, in-train information systems, walk through design and a buffet car. That last one is fake.
The deal had to be put on hold after an appeal was lodged to the High Court by rival manufacturers Bombardier, Hitachi and Alstom