The first of the new state-of-the-art Elizabeth line trains have been unveiled by Transport for London (TfL) as they took to the test track at Bombardier Transportation in Derby. In total a fleet of 66 new trains will operate on the TfL-run line, serving the West End, City and Docklands and running from Reading and Heathrow in the west across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, through 40 accessible stations. As shown in a fantastic time-lapse video (below), the new 'Class 345' trains are now being built and will enter service in May 2017 on TfL Rail between Liverpool Street and Shenfield. The first trains will initially be seven carriages and 160 metres long to fit existing platforms at Liverpool Street.
The nine carriage, 200 metre-long trains, each are able to carry up to 1,500 people, will be introduced from May 2018, initially between Heathrow and Paddington. All the trains feature walk-through carriages, air conditioning, rail CCTV for passenger security and real-time travel information. Each one is constructed from lightweight materials and will regenerate electricity back into the power supply when the train brakes, using up to 30% less energy.
When fully open in 2019, the Elizabeth line ( @ ) will increase central London's rail capacity, carrying over half a million passengers per day, 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.
Mike Brown MVO, London's Transport Commissioner went to inspect the new train today. He said: “The Elizabeth line trains, which are a great showcase of British design and manufacture, will be running on part of our network within a year. The trains are fully accessible, will have air cooling, and once the whole line opens, they will help our passengers move more easily into and across the city every day.”
Peter Doolin, Bombardier Transportation's ( @BombardierR_UK ) Vice President Projects, Crossrail & London Underground, said: 'Bombardier is delighted to be working with TfL on this flagship project to deliver new the Elizabeth line trains, which are based on our very latest Aventra product family, a new technology leading train for the UK.
The first train will now undergo a rigorous testing programme in Derby and from next month at the Old Dalby test centre in Leicestershire. The trains will be extensively tested to ensure they meet TfL's high safety, performance and reliability requirements.
They will be loaded with over one hundred tonnes of weight to simulate being full of passengers, and testing includes taking a complete carriage to a climatic chamber to ensure passengers will be kept comfortable at the extremes of temperature London can experience.
Once trials are completed, testing equipment will be removed from the first trains and the interiors of the trains will be completed with seats and moquette seat-covers before delivery for passenger service.
The new trains are being built and tested at Bombardier Transportation's UK site, helping to support 760 UK jobs and 80 apprenticeships
Andy Bourne, (Head of Upgrades, Transport for London), David Price (Senior Engineer, Transport for London) and Ian Thompson (Project Engineer, Transport for London) will be joining a Senior Representative from Bombardier in speaking at SmartMetro in Copenhagen, 1st-3rd so click now to find out more.
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