Piccadilly Line

Railway locomotives manufacturer Brush Traction has secured a £6.5m contract from the UK’s Transport for London (TfL) to refurbish and fit train motors for the Piccadilly line.

The Piccadilly line is the fourth busiest in the London Underground network on the basis of the annual number of passengers transported. It undertakes around 200 million passenger journeys a year.

The deep-level line runs from the north to the west of London via Zone 1, with a number of surface sections.

The Piccadilly line expected to be the first to have modern, air-cooled New Tube for London trains in service around 2022.

"Brush Traction is playing an important role in the modernisation of London’s transport network."

London Underground managing director Nick Brown said: "Brush Traction is playing an important role in the modernisation of London’s transport network and is helping us to meet the unprecedented demand created by the city’s success and rapid population growth.

"Suppliers like them keep London working and growing and help us to support the national economy.

"We have invested more than £865m with suppliers across the Midlands over the past year and we are always interested in hearing from other suppliers across the UK to see how they could work with us."

Under the deal, the company will be responsible for repairing, cleaning and painting LT130 motors from the existing Piccadilly line fleet, which will be transported from Cockfosters depot in London to Loughborough.

TfL noted that around 60% of its expenditure is spent with suppliers based outside London and this supports about 60,000 jobs in a supply chain stretching the length and breadth of the country.

Brush Traction parent company Wabtec UK managing director Chris Weatherall said: "Wabtec companies have supported TfL for many years and we look forward to continuing our long association with this key customer for many years to come."

Image: A westbound Piccadilly Line train at Acton Town tube station. Photo: courtesy of Mattbuck via Wikipedia.