Siemens Mobility awarded Wabtec a USD 70 million contract for the delivery of several products for the new Tube trains which will enter services on Piccadilly line of the London Underground. The contract covers the supply of brakes, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC), passenger information systems, and third-rail current collectors.
Wabtec will supply the components for 94 new trains as an initial order. The bogie brakes provide the London Underground with a weight savings of 250 kg reducing the train’s energy expenditure and offers a significant two-year extension on overhaul intervals helping increase availability and reduce maintenance costs. The sanding system also will increase safety by improving traction and adhesion in London’s demanding environment.
This order also marks the first time that trains in the London “Deep Tube” will be equipped with air conditioning systems. These systems are designed to reduce energy consumption compared to traditional offerings. In addition, the new passenger information system will create an exclusive passenger experience with clearer acoustics, bright modern and low energy displays, and comprehensive information displays for passengers.
The trains will be equipped with Wabtec’s third-rail current collectors, an innovative solution designed with resin moulding technology on selected components to reduce weight by more than 15 percent.
In 2018 Siemens was awarded a EUR 1.54 billion contract for the design, commissioning and delivery of 94 new Tube trains including the supply spares for a period of five years. The new trains are based on the Inspiro metro train platform offering passengers substantially improved comfort and convenience.
The design of the new trains was unveiled in March 2021 and it is expected that they will enter transport services in 2023.
The order is part of the Piccadilly upgrade programme that covers the introduction of new rolling stock, the replacement of the signalling and control systems. The delivery of the new trains is part of the first phase of the programme.