Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The Tube of the future?

The next generation of Tube train could be made in Britain, its German makers suggested today.
Siemens unveiled the Inspiro train - costing £1m per carriage - with a hint to the mayor that if he placed an order for one of the new trains for the Piccadilly, Bakerloo and Central lines it would be fulfilled in the UK.
It comes after Transport for London secured its Government funding for the Tube based on the claim that it could give new orders to British based firms.


Spacious: a mock-up of the interior of the new trains (Picture: Lucy Young) Siemens controversially manufactured the £1bn-plus Thameslink train order from the Government in its native Germany.
The Inspiro will feature in a new exhibition making the 150th anniversary of the Tube and giving Londoners a glimpse of the future of London Underground travel.
The Inspiro may appeal to the mayor as it is equipped to be driverless - a facility that would weaken union strike powers.


Innovation: the proposed new trains will look considerably different to anything Tube users have seen before (Picture: Lucy Young) Compared to much existing rolling stock, it weighs a third less is brighter and more spacious.
It will also be fully air conditioned and create more room for passengers by dispensing doors linking carriages with gangways.
The new exhibition marking the Tube’s 150th anniversary opens next week at the Crystal exhibition centre in the Royal Victoria Docks.
It also features innovations in electronic ticketing and passengers information boards.

New era: the new design features in an exhibition marking the Tube’s 150th anniversary (Picture: Lucy Young)

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