The first of the new state-of-the-art Elizabeth line trains, which will transform travel across the Capital, has been unveiled by TfL as it took to the test track at Bombardier Transportation in Derby.
In total a fleet of 66 new trains will operate on the TfL-run line, serving the West End, City and Docklands and running from Reading and Heathrow in the west across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, through 40 accessible stations.
The new ‘Class 345’ trains will enter service in May 2017 on TfL Rail between Liverpool Street and Shenfield. The first trains will initially be seven carriages and 160 metres long to fit existing platforms at Liverpool Street.
The nine carriage, 200 metre-long trains, each are able to carry up to 1,500 people, will be introduced from May 2018, initially between Heathrow and Paddington. All the trains feature walk-through carriages, air conditioning, CCTV for passenger security and real-time travel information.
Each one is constructed from lightweight materials and will regenerate electricity back into the power supply when the train brakes, using up to 30% less energy.
When fully open in 2019, the Elizabeth line will increase central London’s rail capacity, carrying over half a million passengers per day, 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.