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05.11.15

S-Stock is the best thing since black cab

A poll of over 10,000 Londoners has selected Bombardier’s S-Stock Tube trains as one of the top 10 transport designs in the capital – impressive, considering well-established icons from more than a century ago were also competing.

The S-Stock (S7 and S8) has been gradually replacing fleets on the Metropolitan, District, Hammersmith & City and Circle lines since 2010 – including the D-Stock currently being shipped off to Vivarail’s makeover experts.

Considered the biggest single rolling stock order in Britain, the air-conditioned stock distinguished itself from older fleets by allowing passengers to move from car to car while the train is in motion.

A TfL member of staff said they chose the S-Stock their favourite design icon because it is “well air-conditioned and looks very futuristic from the exterior”.

“It is very spacious so it’s never too crowded. Also the interior is quite cool, with the way you can walk from one end to the other end of the Tube,” they added.

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The survey, carried out over two months, asked people to pick from a shortlist of 100 designs chosen by industry experts and the London Transport Museum.

Although the black cab bagged the top spot, rail icons featured prominently. Baker Street station’s platforms won fourth place and Westminster station just made the list.

The work of Frank Pick, responsible for commissioning classic Tube posters and the Edward Johnson typeface, took second place – followed by Harry Beck’s original 1933 Tube map and the iconic roundel logo still partly used today.

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Wayne Hemingway MBE, who personally preferred the roundel, said the icon’s top 10 spot is a “testament to the powerfully simple, eminently British and timeless design, along with the love of what the London Underground does for the city”.

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A wider selection of the 100 design icons will be showcased in a special event early next year.

Comments

Andrew Gwilt   06/11/2015 at 13:14

58 S8 Stocks are now operated on the Metropolitan Line and around 25-30 S7 Stocks are now operated on the Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines with 80 S7 Stocks expected to be built for the District Line in Mid 2016. The S8 and S7 Stocks are the best air-conditioned sub-surface tube stocks to be manufactured by Bombardier Transportation Ltd with all 191 S-Stocks to be operated on all 4 lines by May/June 2016 which most of them are already in service.

Melvyn   09/11/2015 at 23:08

The S Stock trains have been a major success and we have to to thank former Mayor Ken Livingstone for not only ordering them but ordering enough to cover the full sub surface network given how District D stock is younger than C stock . The walk through facility has pluses and minuses in that passengers at terminal stations can walk through the trains avoiding open platforms especially at night or dark wet winter days. However, beggars have found it useful to walk through trains either begging for money or as I found today laying out packs of tissues hoping to sell them ! With the Piccadilly Line needing new trains I think the line should concentrate on Heathrow with the Rayners Lane branch transferred to the District Line with new S Stock trains which would be compatible with Metropolitan Line trains on joint section to Uxbridge allowing level platform/ trains to be introduced benefitting disabled access at joint stations .

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