Rail Industry Focus

31.10.13

Future metro?

Source: Rail Technology Magazine Oct/Nov 2013

Kate Ashley reports on a concept Tube stock design.

What will rolling stock for the London Underground look like in the future? Siemens has risen to the challenge, with a new concept metro train now on display at The Crystal in London.

A mix of interactive exhibits includes a new train, technologically based on the Inspiro platform with the visual branding of the Tube. The concept train is 30% more energy efficient and 20% lighter than existing rolling stock, with LED lighting across the entire ceiling.

An open gangway allows more room to move for passengers, with the number of panels and joints minimised for a smoother finish. The exhibit includes a passenger information system, full air conditioning and optimised level entry to improve access. The train is made of sustainable material and is 95% recyclable.

Siemens has also included electronic ticketing and station management systems in its vision of the future. Modular design means train length can be adapted to match the platform length of the individual lines by variation of the number of cars.

Siemens’ managing director Steve Scrimshaw said: “London, in common with many large cities around the world, faces significant transport challenges as a result of ongoing population growth and increased capacity demands.

“Our exhibition highlights some of the innovations that can be considered by cities to help their metro systems tackle these issues and help passengers benefit from an improved travel experience. We wanted people to have a really personal experience, sitting in the seats of a brand new, futuristic train and interacting with the exhibits on display in a way that not only informs but excites at the same time.”

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