New Piccadilly Line trains begin testing in Germany

Image above: New Piccadilly Line train leaving the Siemens factory

New trains will have more space, air conditioning and walk-through carriages

London is on track for getting 94 shiny new Piccadilly Line trains, the first of which are going through testing at the moment in Germany.

Transport for London (TfL) announced these state-of-the-art tube trains, built by Siemens, are undergoing trials at a test and validation centre in Wegberg-Wildenrath.

The new fleet will be a significant upgrade for the Piccadilly line when they are introduced. They will have walk-through carriages, air cooling, wider all-double doorways, enhanced digital information screens, improved step-free access onto the platform and on-train CCTV cameras.

Each train has nine carriages, they were manufactured in Austria and delivered to a new Siemens Mobility site in East Riding, Yorkshire, where they will be assembled.

The project has seen significant investment of £200 million in the Yorkshire site, a move that has resulted in the creation of nearly 2,700 jobs directly and indirectly.

The current Piccadilly Line trains have been in operation since the early 1970s and the line is infamous for its hot and stuffy conditions. The Piccadilly Line is the fourth busiest in the city, serving key locations such as Heathrow Airport, central London, and both the north-west and north-east areas of the capital.

The new trains, boasting 10% more capacity than the existing fleet, are part of TfL’s ‘new tube for London’ scheme in collaboration with Siemens Mobility. With the Piccadilly Line as a starting point, TfL plans to introduce them next to the Bakerloo line, replacing the 51-year-old trains that it currently operates, and ultimately to the Central, and Waterloo & City lines.

Image above: One of the new Piccadilly Line trains being tested in Germany

Integration of trains could come as early as late 2024

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said:

“These new trains will transform travel on the Piccadilly line, making them more comfortable for passengers and improving people’s daily journeys.

“Improvements like this also have a vital role to play in making our network more energy efficient and can only happen with continued government investment.”

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