The New London Underground Tube Train Without a Driver
London, the British capital will be “accessorized” with new subways that will run without a conductor. These modern subways are compared to a spaceship from “Star Trek”.
“We are proud to have designed something that it is part of the very fabric of London life, celebrating all that’s great about London’s environment: cutting edge technology, rich history and diversity.” says Paul Priestman, Director of Priestmangoode, the agency that designed the train.
London will benefit from 250 new trains that will run in the 2020s and remain in circulation for about 40 years. 2030 will be the year when London’s population will reach 10 million people.
These subways will have a 60% higher capacity than the current circulating metro trains and will be able to carry between 8,000 and 12,000 passengers per hour.
The cost of these trains will be 2.5 billion pounds, and what is interesting is that they can be operated automatically.
“If you look at the London Underground compared to other subway systems, the trains are more comfortable,” Priestman says. “We would have liked to have created more floor space but it became apparent early on in the process that this space was required for elements such as air cooling.”
“The new Tube for London will take the city into the future by enriching the everyday journey of its passengers,” says Priestman. “It was a privilege to design something so iconic and long-lasting.”