Transport for London has unveiled designs for the new Class 345 trains being built by Bombardier for Crossrail.
The new trains will first be deployed on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield ‘metro’ route in May 2017, and from December 2019 will operate the complete Crossrail service from Heathrow and Reading in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
A total of 65 nine-car trains are on order, with a 66th to be added to the fleet in recognition of the fact that services will run on to Reading rather than terminating at Maidenhead as first envisaged. TfL says the ‘345s’, based on Bombardier’s ‘Aventra’ platform, will have large, clear areas around the doors to allow quicker boarding and alighting, with a mixture of metro-style and bay seating inside. Free Wi-Fi will be available both on board and at stations, along with 4G mobile coverage. Each train, which is over 200 metres long, will also feature walk-through gangways between carriages and four dedicated wheelchair spaces.
TfL also says the trains will be light and will use up to 30% less energy, while also featuring intelligent lighting and temperature control systems.
TfL has worked with manufacturer Bombardier and designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby on the design of the new trains, which are being built by Bombardier in Derby.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: ‘It’s fantastic to think that these sleek new trains will soon be transporting millions of people across our great city and beyond. They’re feature packed, eye-catching machines that showcase the best of British design and engineering.’