Sunday, 22 November 2015

New Crossrail trains design officially unveiled

TFL have recently unveiled their new Crossrail train design:

Crossrail took another major step forward today as the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) revealed the innovative design of the new, fully accessible trains that are due to enter service from May 2017.

When fully open in 2019, Crossrail will add 10 per cent to London's rail capacity, helping TfL to keep pace with London's growing population, which is set to rise from 8.6 million today to around 10 million by 2030. Carrying 200 million customers a year, Crossrail will mean more frequent and reliable journeys and support more homes and jobs across London and the South East.

The new trains are being built by Bombardier Transportation's UK factory in Derby and are helping to support 760 UK jobs and 80 apprenticeships. Each train will provide space for 1,500 customers in nine fully-interconnected, walk-through carriages. At over 200 metres in length, they are over one and a half times longer than the longest Tube train.

Constructed using strong, but lightweight materials such as aluminium for the body shell, the Crossrail trains will be light, yet well equipped for performance and customer comfort with features such as intelligent lighting and temperature control systems. The trains will regenerate electricity back into the power supply when braking to use up to 30 per cent less energy, as well as delivering faster journey times than the old trains they will replace between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.

Large, clear areas around the doors will allow quicker and easier boarding and alighting. A mixture of metro-style and bay seating will be available through the train, providing choice and comfort for customers. The trains will be driver-operated with on-train customer information systems delivering real-time travel information, allowing customers to plan their onward journeys whilst onboard. Free Wi-Fi will be available on the trains as well as on the platforms and people will have access to 4G.

The interior design and colour palette has been carefully selected to provide an accessible and welcoming environment. The design includes darker floors and natural finish materials that will wear in, and not wear out, ensuring they retain their high-quality feel for years to come. The light coloured ceilings also maximise the feeling of height and openness inside the new trains. The material and colour choices also align with Crossrail stations for a consistent customer experience.

There will be four dedicated wheelchair spaces on each train. In addition, there will be a number of multi-use spaces available, where seating can be tipped up to accommodate prams or luggage.

TfL and train manufacturer Bombardier have worked on the designs of the new trains with Barber & Osgerby acting as design advisors on the project.

All platforms and trains across the Crossrail network will be will be fully accessible with step-free access and manual boarding ramps at stations where is not possible to provide level boarding. Travel Safe Officers will also be present across the network to offer assistance to customers.

When fully operational in 2019, Crossrail trains will serve Reading and Heathrow in the west through to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, passing through new tunnels under central London.

The Crossrail train design has been launched during TfL and the London Transport Museum's 18-month 'Transported by Design' programme. A programme of events, exhibitions and competitions that celebrate the role of good design on London's transport network is running until December 2016.

·    Transport for London took over the running of stopping services from Liverpool Street out to Shenfield in Essex on 31 May, currently TfL Rail
·    The first trains to operate on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield part of the Crossrail route from May 2017 will initially use shorter seven-carriage versions of the new trains. All subsequent trains will be the full-length nine carriage version, to be first introduced between Heathrow and Paddington from May 2018.
·    All the trains will be converted to nine carriages by the end of 2019
·    The trains are based on Bombardier's latest Aventra design which was designed in the UK
·    Trains will be subjected to a rigorous testing regime and will also be tested on a dedicated test track in Melton Mowbray before being delivered to London to ensure reliability

The name for the new Crossrail train is the Class 345 Aventra manufactured by Bombardier.
Thameslink and some London Overground lines (Lea Valley Lines, Gospel Oak to Barking Line, Watford DC Line & Romford to Upminster Line) will also be getting new trains. So that is three London railway services which will be getting new trains.

The Class 700 Desiro City (manufactured by Siemens) is for the Thameslink Line and the train will be formed of 8 and 12 cars. The capacity for 8 cars will be 427 seats with room for 719 standing, and for 12 cars there will be 666 seats with 1,088 standing.

The train length for 8 cars is 162.0 m (531.5 ft) and for 12 cars 242.6 m (796 ft). The Trains are expected to enter service in 2016, with full deployment by 2018.

The Class 710 is again manufactured by Bombardier as part of their Aventra family and they have a similar design to the Class 345 for Crossrail. By 2018 they will be rolled out on Lea Valley Lines, Gospel Oak to Barking Line, Watford DC Line and Romford to Upminster Line as part of the London Overground service.

As we see the new trains being added onto the London National Rail network (Yes London Overground and Crossrail are part of it), this shows that the new train designs are progressing to the year 2020.

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"Class 700 Innotrans2014 1" by Fly2Blue - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

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