London’s contactless fares system is taking a trip Down Under after transport payments firm Cubic was selected by the Queensland Department of Transport to provide a new ticketing system for the state.
54 of the Class 710 trains are being built in Derby by Bombardier, with the fleet initially entering service on the Gospel Oak to Barking route. TfL claims they will “transform journeys for thousands of London Overground”.
Due to be published this Summer, the document will outline how Transport for London will deliver on two targets set down by Mayor Sadiq Khan – that 80 per cent of all trips are made on foot, by cycle or by public transport by 2041 and that no-one is killed or seriously injured on London’s roads by the same year.
TfL is placing an initial order for 94 trains but says the contract will be awarded on the expectation of a single manufacturer building the trains for all four Deep Tube lines, allow it to “maximise cost savings” through common staff training, equipment, spares and maintenance.
The successful bidder will need to provide mobile coverage on below ground tunnels, stations and platforms of the London Underground and tunnel sections and certain stations and platforms of the Elizabeth Line, construct a commercial fibre optic network and provide a public Wi-Fi service in specified TfL stations.