10 April 2014
Search for potential suppliers begins.
TfL has begun its search to find potential suppliers to provide a fleet of at least 39 electric trains. The new trains will operate on the ever increasing London Overground network, which will see some of the West Anglia mainline routes transfer over to TfL on the 31 May 2015. They will also operate on the existing London Overground route between Barking to Gospel Oak.
The new trains will inherit the same look and feel as the existing London Overground fleet, including walk-through carriages, air-conditioning and improved accessibility and are expected to go into passenger service from mid 2017.
Jonathan Fox, Director of Rail said: “We are inviting train manufacturers worldwide to do business with us. Our customers have already seen huge improvements to the existing London Overground network and we will be bringing that same expertise and those high standards to a wider group of passengers and regular London commuters.
“Ordering new trains for the Gospel Oak to Barking line and West Anglia route together, as well as including a provision to order more trains should passenger demand warrant additional capacity, ensures that we get best value for money for tax payers.”
The West Anglia inner services, between Liverpool Street Station to Enfield Town, Cheshunt (via Seven Sisters) and Chingford, will come under TfL management in May 2015 and will be operated as part of the London Overground network. Until the new rolling stock arrives, London Overground will set about refreshing the existing West Anglia train fleet, including deep cleaning and rebranding to provide a cleaner, brighter environment for customers.
(Courtesy of TfL)