TfL unveils Tube carriages with air-conditioning

Transport for London today unveils a mock-up of its new air-conditioned Tube trains, which go on show to the public at London’s Euston Station until 2 October.

The new ‘S-Stock’ trains will serve the Metropolitan line from 2010 and the Hammersmith, District and Circle lines from 2011 – in time for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The high-tech trains were designed and constructed by transport manufacturer Bombardier in collaboration with Metronet and London Underground engineers. They will feature air-conditioning, walk-through carriages, CCTV coverage and improved accessibility for disabled passengers, part of TfL’s long-term programme of investment.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson claims the latest Tube upgrade will increase capacity by 45 per cent, resulting in cooler, faster and more comfortable journeys.

Bombardier Transportation in Derby is currently building the new sub-service fleet, and will deliver a total of 191 trains by 2011.

In March 2008 the District Line delivered a full refurbishment of 75 of its D-Stock trains, with refreshed interiors, CCTV cameras, fire-retardant seats and tip-seats to accommodate wheelchairs, buggies and luggage.

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