Bombardier invited the media to its Derby site today for a first look at the new Aventra train for London’s Elizabeth line.
Having been awarded a £1 billion order for 66 nine-car trains in 2014, Bombardier is now testing the first units of the new fleet.
The first of the new trains will go into service under the TfL Rail brand in May 2017 between Liverpool Street and Shenfield. These will be seven-car trains rather than nine due to the shorter platforms at Liverpool Street station. The first nine-car trains will enter service in May 2018.
Two trains have been completed and are undergoing testing, while a further three are in different stages of production.
Mike Brown MVO, London’s Transport Commissioner, said: “The Elizabeth line trains, which are a great showcase of British design and manufacture, will be running on part of our network within a year.
“The trains are fully accessible, will have air cooling, and once the whole line opens, they will help our passengers move more easily into and across the city every day.”
Bombardier has built a dedicated £12.5 million testing facility at its Litchurch Lane site for the Crossrail contract.
Peter Doolin, Bombardier Transportation’s vice president of projects, Crossrail & London Underground, said: “Bombardier is delighted to be working with TfL on this flagship project to deliver new the Elizabeth line trains, which are based on our very latest Aventra product family, a new technology leading train for the UK.
“We look forward to continuing to work together with TfL in manufacturing, testing and introducing these new trains into service in London.”