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Transport for London (TfL) has named design studio Barber & Osgerby as the design partner for the fleet of Crossrail trains, which will be operated on the UK’s newest rail line from 2017.

Barber & Osgerby will work on interior and exterior designs of the trains, which will be manufactured by Bombardier at its Derby factory.

Each 200m-long train will have nine air-conditioned and interconnecting carriages and will have capacity to accommodate approximately 1,500 passengers.

The new high-capacity trains feature on-train passenger information systems, which will deliver real-time travel information to allow passengers to plan their onward journeys.

"London’s transport is iconic and the new trains for Crossrail will build on that heritage."

In addition, the on-train energy management systems in the trains will control lighting and air conditioning, as well as re-generate energy back into the supply when braking.

TfL Crossrail operations director Howard Smith said: "London’s transport is iconic from our red buses to the Underground and the new trains for Crossrail will build on that heritage."


Image: TfL appoints Barber & Osgerby to work on design of Crossrail train. Photo: courtesy of Crossrail.