Alstom has won a £101 million contract to build 4 x 7 car trainsets and 59 trailer cars from Tube Lines, the company responsible for maintaining and upgrading the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Lines on the London underground.
According to a statement, the new trainsets, destined for the Jubilee Line, will increase capacity by lengthening the existing trains allowing an additional 180 passengers to board each train. The new seven-car service will be running by early 2006.
Alstom supplied the original fleet of 59 x 6 Jubilee Line trains in 1996 and maintains the current Jubilee Line fleet at Stratford Market depot. Alstom also maintains the rolling stock on the Northern Line under the Northern Line Service Provision agreement.
This work will be carried out at Alstom’s sites in the UK and mainland Europe.
‘Alstom is obviously delighted to win this order and maintain our longstanding relationship with London’s Tube network,’ said Paul Barron, Vice President of Alstom Transport UK. ‘We’re confident that the new vehicles will improve the travelling experience for passengers on the Jubilee Line’.