UK: Transport for London has selected Siemens Mobility to supply 94 metro trainsets for London Underground’s Piccadilly Line, it announced on June 15. The £1·5bn contract is due to be signed following a 10-day standstill period.
Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2023 from a factory that Siemens will build in Goole, East Yorkshire. This would employ up to 700 people in skilled engineering and manufacturing roles. TfL says that the order will also create 1 700 indirect jobs in the UK supply chain.
The air-conditioned trains will be derived from Siemens’ Inspiro family, with walk-through gangways. Each set will be 6 m longer than the existing six-car 1973 stock trains. .....
Getting air conditioned trains on Piccadilly Line will improve the ride from Heathrow to midtown London a more pleasant experience too.