Boris Johnson unveiled new trains for London Overground that could help grow capacity by 50% on the West London line.
The brand new, walkthrough trains will have more space for passengers, improved CCTV and air conditioning. The Mayor said: For far too long passengers on our Overground lines have suffered from crumbling unreliable trains that were just not up to muster. Every element on these brand spanking new trains has been crafted to meet the capitals needs and the standard of design will surprise even the most hardened traveller.”
The Mayor was unveiling the first of 54 new trains that will be rolled out across the whole of Transport for Londons (TfL) London Overground network, which is planned to be a complete orbital route by 2012.
The fleet will be similar to Tube trains, with more flip-down seats, giving more standing room to allow for hop-on, hop-off journeys, reflecting the type of short trips most passengers make on the network.
Londons Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy, said: As we roll out this new fleet, we will continue our expansion of the line and our station improvements programme.
The new trains, which will be three-carriages long, will be able to carry almost 500 people, which is an eight per cent increase compared to the trains they will replace. When Overground platforms are extended in 2011 to cater for trains four-carriages long, they will be able to carry almost 700 people each almost 50 per cent more passengers than now.
The first 24 trains will run on the existing north-London, west- London and Watford-Euston lines of the Overground network. A further 20 will be delivered for the East London line extension which will be part of the Overground network when completed next year. A further 10 will be delivered to run throughout the network by 2011.