New trains have been introduced on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield, and Paddington to Hayes & Harlington routes which currently operate as TfL Rail.
A fleet of 70 new 200 metre long trains built in the United Kingdom will run on the Elizabeth line, with each train will be able to carry up to 1,500 people.
The new, high-capacity trains have:
- Seven fully interconnected, walk-through carriages. These will be converted to nine carriages
- More standing room with a mixture of seating types
- Information on next stops for customers
- Four dedicated wheelchair spaces as well as separate multi-use spaces which can also be used for buggies, luggage and bicycles
Three sets of double doors along each carriage make it quicker and easier for customers to get on and off the train. Intelligent lighting and temperature control on the driver-operated trains help to regenerate electricity back into the supply when braking and use up to 30% less energy.
BUILDING THE NEW TRAINS
The new trains are being built at Bombardier Transportation's UK site, helping to support 760 UK jobs and 80 apprenticeships in Derby.
Constructed using strong, but lightweight materials such as aluminium for the body shell, the Crossrail trains will be light, yet well equipped for performance and customer comfort with features such as intelligent lighting and temperature control systems.
The trains will regenerate electricity back into the power supply when braking to use up to 30 per cent less energy, as well as delivering faster journey times than the old trains.
Large, clear areas around the doors allow quicker and easier boarding and alighting. A mixture of metro-style and bay seating will be available through the train, providing choice and comfort for customers. The trains will be driver-operated with on-train customer information systems delivering real-time travel information, allowing customers to plan their onward journeys whilst onboard.
The interior design and colour palette has been carefully selected to provide an accessible and welcoming environment. The design includes darker floors and natural finish materials that will wear in, and not wear out, ensuring they retain their high-quality feel for years to come. The light coloured ceilings also maximise the feeling of height and openness inside the new trains. The material and colour choices also align with Crossrail stations for a consistent customer experience.
There will be four dedicated wheelchair spaces on each train. In addition, there will be a number of multi-use spaces available, where seating can be tipped up to accommodate prams or luggage.
This short time lapse shows an Elizabeth line train being built at Bombardier in Derby.
Gallery - Elizabeth line trains