The London Underground has been around for decades. Originally being the world’s first ever underground tube system back in January 1863. That’s 151 years ago. The underground is also combined with the Metropolitan Railway & electric traction trains. The Underground serves 270 stations in London. With 11 rail lines in total, the annual ‘ridership’ of the transport system totalled to 1.23 billion between 2012-13. Millions depend on the tube, just think about that for a second. Every time there’s a strike, it actually costs the city hundreds’ of thousands, maybe even millions, per day. The tube is so embedded into the city it simply would not be able to function without it. At least not as efficiently. The London Underground was the blueprint for other underground systems across the world, such as Paris (the world’s largest metro). Also Shanghai (the world’s longest tracks), Tokyo (the world’s busiest) and New York City (the world’s largest overall).
The design proposal by PriestmanGoode for the 250 London Underground trains. They were revealed as part of an city upgrade which could cost about £16 billion.
From the mid-2020s, these new trains planned to run. They will be made for the Piccadilly, Central, Waterloo & City and Bakerloo lines on the London Underground. They will also have ‘walk-through carriages’ too. Like the ones that currently run on new Metropolitan, District and Circle lines.
So how will it actually improve the city? According to the BBC, the new trains will do the following;
- Increase the Central line by 25% (the equivalent of up to 12,000 customers per hour)
- Increase the Bakerloo line by 25% (the equivalent of up to 8,000 customers per hour)
- Increase the Waterloo & City line by 50% (the equivalent of up to 9,000 customers per hour)
- Increase the Piccadilly line by 60% (the equivalent of up to 19,000 customers per hour)
Pretty impressive, but is the cost worth it? Maybe. There are people who are concerned about the trains’ ability to be ‘driverless’. Well one thing is for sure, those trains need a makeover because they are well overdue. I do like the new designs. It’s slick and modern without being over the top futuristic or overly designed. For more information head over to Dezeen to check out some more.