Today Transport for London (TfL) has announced that it has awarded Siemens Mobility the 1.5 billon pound contract to design and build the next generation of Tube trains for the Piccadilly line. 94 metros will be built, that will replace all old rolling stock from the 70s.
Transport for London (TfL) is currently working on a long-term Upgrade Programme for four deep Tube lines, being the Bakerloo, Central, Waterloo & City and Piccadilly lines. Trains, systems and infrastructure need to be ready for the 10.8 million people that are expected to live in London by 2041.
The 94-unit order is the first one to be announced under the program. Siemens will erect a new factory in Goole, East Yorkshire, to manufacture and commission trains. TfL expects to select a single manufacturer for building the trains for all four Deep Tube lines. Bids were received in September 2016 from three bidders: Alstom, Bombardier / Hitachi (joint venture) and Siemens.
The Deep Tube Upgrade Programme will see approximately:
- 100 trains for the Piccadilly line giving 60% more capacity (current fleet size: 86 trains)
- 40 trains for the Bakerloo line giving 25% more capacity (current fleet size: 36 trains)
- 100 trains for the Central line giving 25% more capacity (current fleet size: 100 trains)
- 10 trains for the Waterloo & City line giving 50% more capacity (current fleet size: 5 trains)
The new Piccadilly rolling stock will enter service between 2023 and 2026. The frequency on the Piccadilly line than can go up from 24 to 27 trains/hour (one train every 135 seconds). Installation of a new signalling system and ordering nine extra trains will eventually make it possible to go to 33 or even 36 trains/hour if needed.