New trains have been introduced on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield, and Paddington to Reading and Heathrow routes which currently operate as TfL Rail.
A fleet of 70 new 200 metre long trains built by Bombardier Transportation (now Alstom) in Derby will run on the Elizabeth line, each train will be able to carry up to 1,500 people.
The new, high-capacity trains have:
- Nine fully interconnected, walk-through carriages
- Air conditioning and intelligent lighting
- Real-time information on next stops for passengers
- Four dedicated wheelchair spaces as well as separate multi-use spaces for buggies and luggage
- Three sets of double doors along each carriage
- Energy-efficient management systems including regenerative braking which uses up to 30% less energy
- Capable of running up to 90 mph on outer sections
BUILDING THE NEW TRAINS
Gallery - Elizabeth line trains
The new Elizabeth line trains have been built at Bombardier Transportation's UK site, and helped to deliver a further 760 UK jobs and 80 apprenticeships in Derby.
Constructed using strong, but lightweight materials such as aluminium for the body shell, the trains have been designed to be light, yet well equipped for performance and customer comfort with features such as intelligent lighting and temperature control systems.
The trains 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 older trains.
Large, clear areas around the doors allow quicker and easier boarding and alighting. A mixture of metro-style and bay seating provides 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 Elizabeth line 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.