Pre­view ‘fea­ture-packed, eye-catching ma­chines’

De­signs re­leased to show how Cross­rail’s trains will look

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Clemen­tine kather­ine.clemen­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

TRANS­PORT for Lon­don (TfL) has re­leased draw­ings show­ing how its new Cross­rail trains will look when they en­ter ser­vice in May 2017.

Cross­rail will up­date the cur­rent Read­ing to Padding­ton line, which stops at West Dray­ton, Hayes & Har­ling­ton, Southall, Han­well, West Eal­ing, Eal­ing Broad­way and Ac­ton Main Line.

When fully open in 2019, Cross­rail will join th­ese sta­tions to des­ti­na­tions such as Ca­nary Wharf, Strat­ford and Heathrow Air­port.

Car­ry­ing 200 mil­lion cus­tomers a year, Cross­rail will mean more fre­quent and re­li­able jour­neys and sup­port more homes and jobs across Lon­don and the South East, say TfL.

The new trains are be­ing built by Bom­bardier Trans­porta­tion’s UK fac­tory in Derby, sup­port­ing 760 jobs and 80 ap­pren­tice­ships.

Each train is ex­pected to ac­com­mo­date up to 1,500 cus­tomers over nine walk-through car­riages, each one at more than 200 me­tres long – making it over one and a half times longer than the long­est Tube train.

Con­structed us­ing strong, but light­weight ma­te­ri­als and 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 they will re­place be­tween Liver­pool Street and Shen­field.

Mayor of Lon­don Boris John­son said: “It’s fan­tas­tic to think that th­ese sleek new trains will soon be trans­port­ing mil­lions of peo­ple across our great city and be­yond.

“They’re fea­turepacked, eye-catching ma­chines that show­case the best of Bri­tish de­sign and engi­neer­ing.

“They’ll add vi­tal ca­pac­ity to our rail net­work and will help to en­sure our econ­omy con­tin­ues its on­ward jour­ney full-steam ahead.

“The largest con­struc­tion project in Europe is an­other tan­ta­lis­ing step closer to be­com­ing a brand new work­ing rail­way for the Cap­i­tal.”

Cus­tomers can ben­e­fit from free wifi on board as well as 4G In­ter­net on plat­forms and there will be four ded­i­cated wheel­chair spa­ces on each train.

Howard Smith, TfL’s Oper­a­tions Di­rec­tor of Cross­rail, said: “Cross­rail will help us serve Lon­don’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and sup­port more jobs and homes, with around 200 mil­lion cus­tomers ex­pected to travel on Cross­rail each year.”

All plat­forms and trains across the Cross­rail net­work will be will have dis­abled friendly step-free ac­cess and man­ual board­ing ramps.

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