The new, high-capacity trains have:
- Seven or nine fully interconnected, walk-through carriages. The shorter trains will all 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 were built at Bombardier Transportation's UK site in Derby. (The company has now been bought by Alstom.)