The Tubes first new air conditioned train will start serving the Metropolitan line from today. It is the first of a 191 fleet of new walk-through trains that will eventually serve 40 per cent of the Tube network.
The new trains are part the upgrade of the Sub Surface network. The first was welcomed in Wembley by The Mayor of London, along with Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy. Boris Johnson, said: Unless you are cycling, there cannot be a better way to criss-cross North West London than in this smooth state of the art addition to London’s infrastructure. This train is quite literally the coolest ride in town.
Peter Hendy, Transport for London Commissioner, said: The new air conditioned trains are a vital part of the upgrade works which will transform the oldest and most complex lines on the Tube network. But to achieve the full capacity increases that the upgrade will bring, it is imperative that we get the new signaling system that we are currently tendering for, which will enable a higher throughput of trains and faster journeys.
The first of the new S-Stock trains are now being introduced into passenger service on the Metropolitan line, with the roll-out complete by 2011. They will start being delivered on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines from 2011 and start operating on both lines from 2012. The District line will follow in 2013 and all trains will be on the network from 2015.