New trains have been introduced on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield, and Paddington to Reading routes which currently operate as TfL Rail.
These trains are designed to serve the Elizabeth line when it launches.
The new, high-capacity trains have:
- Seven fully interconnected, walk-through carriages. These will be converted to nine carriages
- More standing room with a mixture of seating types
- Information on next stops for customers
- Four dedicated wheelchair spaces as well as separate multi-use spaces which can also be used for buggies, luggage and bicycles
Three sets of double doors along each carriage make it quicker and easier for customers to get on and off the train. Intelligent lighting and temperature control on the driver-operated trains help to regenerate electricity back into the supply when braking and use up to 30% less energy.
Building the new trains
The new trains are being built at Bombardier Transportation's UK site, helping to support 760 UK jobs and 80 apprenticeships in Derby.