Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Designs for next gen Piccadilly trains to be part built in Goole revealed

Detailed design of the new generation Tube trains for the Piccadilly line, which will be part built in Goole, have been revealed by Transport for London (TfL) and Siemens Mobility.

The existing 1970s trains currently running on the line have become increasingly unreliable and expensive to maintain and will be 50 years old by the time they are replaced.

Despite the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on its finances, TfL is continuing to replace these assets, meaning that from 2025, new spacious ‘Inspiro London’ trains will serve customers on the Piccadilly line.

Fifty% of the new train fleet will be built in Goole, employing up to 700 people in engineering and manufacturing roles, 250 in the construction phase and 1,700 in the broader supply chain.

Last month Siemens Mobility announced £50 million of related contracts for UK suppliers, including a number for train components. These included almost £6 million in contracts for Yorkshire-based LPA Lighting to provide the interior train lighting, and Midlands-based suppliers Baker Bellfield to supply cab partition wall and I M Kelly for driver seats and footrests.

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.”

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