The trains set to run on London’s huge Crossrail project have been revealed – over 200m in length, and over one and a half times longer than the longest Tube Train, they will provide space for 1,500 customers in nine fully-interconnected, walk-through carriages. Constructed at Bombardier Transportation's UK factory in Derby the trains will regenerate electricity back into the power supply when braking to use up to 30 per cent less energy. The trains will be driver-operated with on-train customer information systems delivering real-time travel information, allowing customers to plan their onward journeys whilst on-board. Deploying a mixture of metro-style and bay seating they will also be equipped with free on-board Wi-Fi. See below for the video and some more detail.
When fully operational in 2019, Crossrail will add 10 per cent to London's rail capacity by carrying 200 million customers a year, helping TfL to keep pace with London's growing population, which is set to rise from 8.6 million today to around 10 million by 2030.
Large, clear areas around the doors will allow quicker and easier boarding and alighting. There will be four dedicated wheelchair spaces on each train. In addition, there will be a number of multi-use spaces available, where seating can be tipped up to accommodate prams or luggage.
Howard Smith, TfL's Operations Director of Crossrail, said at the launch: `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.
Peter Doolin, Bombardier Transportation's Vice President Projects, Crossrail & London Underground, added: `Bombardier is delighted to be working with TfL in designing, manufacturing and testing these iconic new trains for London - all done right here in the UK. The new Crossrail trains are based on our very latest Aventra product platform, which has proudly been designed and developed as a technology leading train for the UK. We look forward to continuing to work together with TfL on this flagship project to deliver these new trains for London'.
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