The Mayor of London and Transport for London have revealed the new design for Crossrail trains, with innovative features including carriages equipped with free Wi-Fi and 4G. They are being built by train manufacturer Bombardier in its U.K. factory, with Barber & Osgerby advising on the project design.
The new London rail trains are over 200 meters long and will provide space for 1,500 passengers in nine interconnected walk-through carriages. They are being made from strong yet lightweight materials, with aluminum used for the body shell. Intelligent lighting and temperature control systems will help ensure passenger comfort and the trains will regenerate electricity back into the power supply when braking so they use up to 30 percent less energy.
The trains will offer faster journey times and on-board customer information systems which provide real-time travel info that enables passengers to plan their onward journeys.
Crossrail’s new interior design has been chosen to provide an accessible and welcoming environment. It includes darker floors and natural finish materials that will wear in rather than wear out to retain a high-quality feel for many years, while light colored ceilings maximize the feeling of height and open space inside the carriages. Around the doors there will be large and clear areas for quicker and easier boarding, and there will be a mix of metro-style and bay seating to provide choice and comfort.
All of the platforms and trains across the Crossrail network will be fully accessible with step-free access and manual boarding ramps at stations where it isn’t possible to provide level boarding. There will be four dedicated wheelchair spaces on each train along with a number of multi-use spaces where seating can be tipped up to make way for prams or luggage. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said:
“It’s fantastic to think that these sleek new trains will soon be transporting millions of people across our great city and beyond. They’re feature packed, eye-catching machines that showcase the best of British design and engineering. They’ll add vital capacity to our rail network and will help to ensure our economy continues its onward journey full-steam ahead.”
The new Crossrail trains are expected to be fully operational in 2019, adding 10 percent to London’s rail capacity. You can check out the design in the video below: