It's hardly a secret that the London Underground is old. In fact the trains used on the Bakerloo line have been around for over 45 years at this point, and some of the others aren't much younger. So it's no shock to hear that TfL is getting the old rolling stock upgraded, and we've just had our first look at the new trains heading to the Piccadilly Line.
The 94 new trains are sent to join the fleet from 2023, as part of a £1.5 billion contract with Siemens Mobility Limited. These new trains are part of the deep Tube upgrade programme, set to help improve and modernise the Bakerloo, Central, Waterloo & City, and Piccadilly lines. Here the goal is to have 27 trains running each hour during peak times by the end of 2026. That's up from the current level of 24, and means a new train every 135 seconds. In total it's expected the new trains will be able to ferry 700,00 passengers each day.
Like the newer S-stock trains on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines, the new Piccadilly trains will have walk-through carriages, air conditioning, and improved information systems for travellers. Siemens is also expected to build new trains for the four other deep tube lines with similar features and design. The sooner the better, the Bakerloo and Central lines are unbearable.
Mike Brown MVO, Commissioner of Transport for London, said
Today’s announcement of our intention to award the contract to design and build a new generation Tube train is a huge milestone for London Underground. We are delivering the biggest investment programme in our history to continue to improve customers’ journeys and support London’s population and employment growth.
It also demonstrates once again that investment in London creates jobs and apprenticeship opportunities right across the country. These trains will transform the journeys of millions of our customers, and provide faster, more frequent and more reliable trains for decades to come.