New tube train designs inspired by contemporary London

A new London Underground tube train “inspired by contemporary London” is being created, with designs by PriestmanGoode and Transport for London.

New train exterior
New train exterior

The designs for the “next generation deep level underground trains” for the Piccadilly, Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City Lines are inspired by today’s London’s culture and architecture and “iconic British transport design”, according to PriestmanGoode.

New train exterior at night
New train exterior at night

Paul Priestman, director at PriestmanGoode, says: “TfL wanted the New Tube for London to celebrate the great history of transport design in London, whilst acting as a beacon of innovative 21st century public transport.”

“We took inspiration from iconic London landmarks and key attributes of British design to create a tube that is beautiful, simple, functional and maintainable.”

New train interior
New train interior

The New Tube For London trains, which PriestmanGoode says are due to go into service in around 2020, will feature a walk-through design, air-cooled cars and digital screens showing live updates.

New train interior
New train interior

The doors will be wider than those on current trains, aiming to allow  quicker turnaround times at stations and increased capacity.

The colour palette of “charcoal, warm grey and oxblood” was inspired by London’s heritage and contemporary architecture, according to PriestmanGoode.

Piccadilly Line train exterior with badge
Piccadilly Line train exterior with badge

Priestman says: “London’s Tube is one of the most iconic trains around the world. We are proud to have designed something that it is part of the very fabric of London life, celebrating all that’s great about London’s environment; cutting edge technology, rich history and diversity. 

“The New Tube for London will take the city into the future by enriching the everyday journey of its passengers.”

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