The eagerly anticipated Crossrail train development won’t be finished until 2017, but the first designs have just been released. The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) revealed the innovative new designs last week, with the interior designed by iconic British design duo Barber & Osgerby.
A carefully selected color palette and interior style is set to provide an accessible and welcoming environment. With darker floors and natural finish materials that will wear in, rather than wear out, these choices has been made to ensure the features retain their high-quality feel for years to come. There will also be light colored ceiling to help maximize the feeling of height and openness of the new trains, and all the material and color choices will coordinate with Crossrail stations for a consistent style.
Appointed as design advisors back in September 2014, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby were the perfect choice for this revolutionary project. They explain; ‘we are pleased to be working as design advisors on the new Crossrail fleet. This is an exciting civic project and a key component of London’s transportation future for the next one hundred years. We are honored to be making a contribution to its design and look forward to it inaugural journey.’
The London-based design studio were appointed following a competitive process, and are working on the interior and exterior designs with TfL and Bombardier who are building the trains at their factory in Derby. ‘Crossrail presents TfL with an historic opportunity to create a design legacy for London. London is the city that we both live and work in and we feel proud to have won this project. It gives us the chance to make a profound contribution to millions of commuters.’ Barber & Osgerby.
Each train is set to provide space for 1,500 customers in nine fully-interconnected, walk through carriages. They will be over one and a half times longer than the longest Tube train, at over 200 metres in length. They will be constructed using strong, but lightweight materials such as aluminium for the body shell, making them light, yet well equipped for performance and customer comfort. Features will include intelligent lighting and temperature control systems. The trains will regenerate electricity back into power supply when braking to use up to 30 per cent less energy as well as delivering faster journey times than the old trains they will replace.
Quicker and easier boarding and alighting has been promised thanks to the large, clear areas around the doors. There will be a mixture of metro-style and bay seating available through the train, and each one will be driver-operated with on-train customer information systems delivering real-time travel information. Free Wi-Fi will be available on trains as well as platforms and people will also have access to 4G.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, has said: ‘It’s fantastic to think that these sleek new trains will soon be transporting millions of people across our great city and beyond. They’re feature packed, eye-catching machines that showcase the best of British design and engineering. They’ll add vital capacity to our rail network and will help to ensure our economy continues its onward journey full-steam ahead. The largest construction project in Europe is another tantalising step closer to becoming a brand new working railway for the Capital.’
Crossrail will run over 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, and the first trains are due to enter service from May 2017.