Images showing the finalised design of London’s new fleet of Crossrail trains have been released by Transport for London.
The first trains will enter service in May 2017 when they’ll replace the models currently running between Liverpool Street and Shenfield with the rest of the fleet starting service when Crossrail opens in 2019.
Each train will be fully accessible and able to carry 1,500 customers in nine fully-interconnected, walk-through, WiFi equipped carriages.
Construction of the fleet is underway at Bombardier’s Derby factory and is helping to support 760 UK jobs and 80 apprenticeships.
The designs are a collaboration between TfL, Bombardier and design advisors Barber & Osgerby and features a lightweight aluminium body shell, light coloured ceilings to maximise the feeling of height and openness and a “welcoming” colour palette.
TfL says the trains will also feature a mix of metro-style and bay seating, as well as intelligent lighting, temperature control systems and four dedicated wheelchair spaces.
Unveiling the designs, Mayor Boris Johnson said: “It’s fantastic to think that these sleek new trains will soon be transporting millions of people across our great city and beyond.
“They’re feature packed, eye-catching machines that showcase the best of British design and engineering. They’ll add vital capacity to our rail network and will help to ensure our economy continues its onward journey full-steam ahead.”
Howard Smith, TfL’s Operations Director of Crossrail, added: “The trains will have walk-through carriages, each with three wide doorways to enable people to get on and off quickly at central stations, air-conditioning, are fully accessible and use the latest technology to provide customers with real-time travel information to help them plan their onward journeys.”