Driving Home For Christmas Chris Rea
20 November 2015, 05:54
The design for the new Crossrail trains, which will run from Shenfield into London and out to Reading, have been revealed.
Transport for London says they include "Air-conditioned walk-through carriages, with capacity for 1,500 customers, Wi-Fi and 4G", as well as being "fully accessible for wheelchair users".
The trains, which are being built in Derby by Bombardier, will enter service in May 2017 although Crossrail will not fully open until 2019.
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 largest construction project in Europe is another tantalising step closer to becoming a brand new working railway for the Capital."
Rail Minister Claire Perry said: "I am delighted that these British-built trains have been designed with customers at their heart, with onboard facilities that are fit for a truly 21st century rail link.
"The spacious layout and longer trains will provide a significant boost to London's rail capacity, meaning better journeys for passengers, and transforming the way people travel between east and west.
"I look forward to seeing the first train off the Derby production line next year, where this contract is supporting hundreds of jobs and apprenticeships."
Howard Smith, TfL's Operations Director of Crossrail, said: "Crossrail will mean faster, more frequent and reliable journeys for people in London, Essex and out to Berkshire.
"It will help us serve London's growing population and support more jobs and homes, with around 200 million customers expected to travel on Crossrail each year.
"The trains will have walk-through carriages, each with three wide doorways to enable people to get on and off quickly at central stations, air-conditioning, are fully accessible and use the latest technology to provide customers with real-time travel information to help them plan their onward journeys."
Peter Doolin, Bombardier Transportation's Vice President Projects, Crossrail & London Underground, said: "Bombardier is delighted to be working with TfL in designing, manufacturing and testing these iconic new trains for London - all done right here in the UK.
"The new Crossrail trains are based on our very latest Aventra product platform, which has proudly been designed and developed as a technology leading train for the UK.
"We look forward to continuing to work together with TfL on this flagship project to deliver these new trains for London".