Detailed designs of the new Piccadilly line trains have been unveiled today by Transport for London and Siemens Mobility.
Key features include a walk-through design, air-conditioning, wider doors, increased passenger capacity, LED lighting, real-time information displays and advanced energy management which will reduce consumption by 20 per cent.
The trains will replace the existing 1970s fleet which will be gradually withdrawn from 2025 and from 2027 London Underground will boost the peak time frequency from 24 trains to 27 per hour.
Andy Lord, Managing Director of London Underground, said: “The introduction of new, desperately-needed modern and reliable trains on the Piccadilly line, and the capacity they will provide, will be a boost for the capital.
“We’re pleased that our investment in new trains is helping the UK economy and assisting with the recovery from the pandemic, and we look forward to seeing them on the network in years to come.
“Sustained long-term investment would enable us to introduce more modern trains over time to replace other ageing fleets alongside new signalling, improving the journeys of millions more customers and reducing the costs of running the Tube.”
William Wilson, CEO of Siemens Mobility Limited, added: “The state-of-the-art trains will transform the Piccadilly line passenger experience. They are lighter, more environmentally-friendly and future-proofed for a long life.
“But the benefits are not just confined to London. Building the new trains creates new UK jobs and extensive supply chain opportunities. A great example of levelling up in action.”