Siemens wins £1.5 billion contract to construct new London Tube trains

LONDON (Reuters) – A division of Germany’s Siemens (SIEGn.DE) has been awarded a contract price about 1.5 billion kilos to design and construct 94 new trains for the Piccadilly Line on London’s metropolitan prepare community, referred to as the Tube.

A person takes an image of the cockpit of a Desiro City passenger prepare by Siemens Mobility on the InnoTrans railway expertise commerce honest in Berlin, September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Transport for London (TfL), the general public physique answerable for the Tube, mentioned the award of the contract would enable Siemens Mobility Limited to push forward with its plan to construct a brand new manufacturing facility in Goole, east Yorkshire, in northern England.

“The Siemens Mobility Limited factory would employ up to 700 people in skilled engineering and manufacturing roles, plus up to an additional 250 people during the construction phase of the factory,” TfL mentioned in a press release.

“As a result, around 1,700 indirect jobs would be created throughout the UK supply chain,” it mentioned.

Siemens mentioned in March it had leased 67 acres (27 hectares) of land in Goole with a view to constructing a 200-million-pound ($266-million) prepare manufacturing facility. The plans have been topic to the company’s success in securing main future orders, it mentioned on the time.

Siemens Mobility Limited is Siemens’s British subsidiary for its trains and transport expertise business.

A hen walks inside a commuter underground tube prepare at Stratford station, east London, Britain, June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

TfL mentioned it had additionally acquired bids from a three way partnership of Canada’s Bombardier (BBDb.TO) and Japan’s Hitachi (6501.T) and from France’s Alstom (ALSO.PA) when the bidding course of started in 2016.

Subsequently, Siemens and Alstom introduced that their rail companies have been as a consequence of be merged.

While the order is for an preliminary 94 trains for the Piccadilly Line, TfL mentioned the contract was being awarded on the expectation that the producer would additionally construct trains of the identical design for 3 different so-called Deep Tube strains.

The Piccadilly Line, which carries greater than 700,000 passengers per day, is the primary of the 4 Deep Tube strains to obtain a much-needed improve.

The new trains, anticipated to be delivered from 2023, shall be 6 metres (yards) longer than the present ones and shall be designed to optimise area inside the constraints of the slim Deep Tube tunnels.

The 86 trains at present operating on the Piccadilly Line have been launched in 1975 and had a design lifetime of 40 years. They are actually one of many oldest prepare fleets in passenger service in Britain.

The ageing trains and signalling system limit the present rush hour service on the Piccadilly Line to 24 trains per hour. That will go as much as 27 trains at peak occasions by the top of 2026, after the brand new trains are introduced into service, TfL mentioned.

Combined with a signalling improve and the acquisition of further trains, peak interval capability on the busiest central sections of the Piccadilly Line will enhance by greater than half by the top of the 2020s, that means an extra 21,000 prospects will be capable to board trains each hour at rush hour.

“This long-term sustainable investment will support London’s growing population, which is set to increase to 10.8 million by 2041, supporting new jobs, homes and growth,” it mentioned.

Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility, mentioned the company was thrilled by the announcement.

“We can drive down lifecycle costs and significantly improve the passenger experience,” she was quoted as saying by TfL.

A Siemens spokesman in Germany declined to remark.

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon in London and Ludwig Burger in Frankfurt; Editing by Adrian Croft and Ros Russell

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