Siemens Mobility has secured a £1.5 billion contract from Transport for London (TfL – a London Underground subsidiary) to design and build 94 new generation Tube trains at its £200 million facility in Goole.
Siemens said the contract award is a “significant step to progress plans to build a new factory in Goole, East Yorkshire, to manufacture and commission trains”.
The two companies will now work together to maximise the number of Piccadilly line trains being built at this facility.
From 2023, 94 new state-of-the-art Inspiro trains will be delivered on the Piccadilly line enabling up to 27 trains-per-hour (tph) to operate at peak times by the end of 2026 (up from the current service level of 24 tph). This is a train every 135 seconds at the busiest times.
Nigel Holness, London Underground MD, said: “The introduction of new trains on the Piccadilly line will significantly improve the journeys of millions of our customers, providing more frequent and more reliable trains for decades to come.
“This order will mean the replacement of the 1970s Piccadilly line fleet, with delivery of the new trains in 2023, and will help address crowding on the line as London’s population continues to rise.”
William Wilson, MD Rolling Stock of Siemens Mobility, added: “These state-of-the-art trains, which are track-friendly and future-proofed for a long life, will transform the travel experience for the 700,000 daily Piccadilly line passengers.
“We’ve thought about travellers at every stage of the process and as a result the trains feature walk-through carriages with wider doors, improved access to make them easier to get on and off, and feature full air-conditioning – a real challenge in hot tunnels.”