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Delayed ITT launched for 250 New Tube for London trains

London Underground has officially launched the delayed invitation to tender (ITT) for the design and build of the New Tube for London trains, set to serve the Piccadilly, Waterloo & City, Bakerloo and Central lines by the early 2020s.

The ITT for the order – expected to cost between £1bn to £2.5bn – was initially pencilled for February of last year, but this was rescheduled to December in TfL’s Budget for 2015-16. It then slipped by a further month, to today.

The five pre-qualified manufacturers – Alstom, Bombardier, CAF, Hitachi and Siemens – are now able to proceed to the next stage of the procurement process.


The 250-train fleet will feature air-conditioned, walk-through carriages capable of offering faster, more frequent and more reliable journeys on the deep-level lines. It will also increase capacity and comfort across the service while maximising accessibility and safety through widened doors.

This will particularly relevant on the Piccadilly line, where capacity will be boosted by 60% - the equivalent of up t0 21,000 passengers per hour – but other lines’ capacity will increase by 25-35% as well.

There will be 100 new trains on the Piccadilly line, 10 on Waterloo & City, 40 on Bakerloo and another 100 along the Central line.


Nick Brown, LU’s managing director, said: “Today’s invitation to train manufacturers to submit bids for the design and build of the New Tube is a significant step forward. Londoners have already seen huge improvements to the Tube network, but to meet the needs of our rapidly growing population we must continue to invest in and improve our services.

“More people are using the Underground than at any point in its 153-year history. The New Tube for London will transform the journeys of millions of customers, providing trains fit for a world city for the next five decades.”

Bidding companies must return their proposals in the summer, with a contract to build the new trains expected to be awarded in autumn 2017.

Michael Flynn, head of delivery and integration at Transport for London, also recently confirmed that CH2M has been awarded the partner contract for the programme, with PwC as subcontractor.

“Their role will be to support us with cost efficiencies, the early integration of the project and prepare us for taking the New Tube for London forward from its feasibility phase,” he said.


Andrew G   19/01/2016 at 11:24

As the new London Underground tube stocks are to be built in 3-4 years with the 1973 and 1974 tube stocks on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines set to be replaced with new air-conditioning tube trains with the Central and Waterloo & City lines also to get new tube trains to replace the 1992 & 1993 tube stocks. Northern and Jubilee lines would be getting new air-conditioning tube trains in the 2030's with the Northern Line extension to Battersea, Bakerloo Line extension to Lewisham & Hayes and Metropolitan Line extension to Watford Junction.

Stevie G   19/01/2016 at 15:02

10 trains for the Waterloo & City line, wonder where they'll put all those then?

Jerry Alderson   23/01/2016 at 15:31

No mention of remotely-control (misnamed "driverless") functionality. Is it still the plan to install cabs and then remove them at a later date to create more passenger space?

Gerald Hocking   31/01/2016 at 15:37

Hopefully to be built in the UK by British taxpayers

Harry   18/03/2016 at 17:50

There is room for 10 trains 1:remodal sidings Putting sisser crossing in more towards Platform area increasing area in depot 2: increasing on length 8 road 3:closing drivers step back room and Accommodation area(assuming Goa4) Reinstating 4 and 3 road 3:Moving points forward from 2 road towards platform and extending 1 road 4:addionally if needed use old tunnel Siding behind departures platform.

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