Wabtec secures order for London Underground’s Piccadilly upgrade programme

23 March 2021 (Last Updated March 23rd, 2021 10:50)

US-based Wabtec has received an order exceeding $70m to provide numerous components to Siemens Mobility for the London Underground’s Piccadilly upgrade programme.

Wabtec secures order for London Underground’s Piccadilly upgrade programme
Wabtec will deliver the products for 94 new trains. Credit: Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay.

US-based Wabtec has received an order exceeding $70m to provide numerous components to Siemens Mobility for the London Underground’s Piccadilly upgrade programme.

The order includes brakes, passenger information systems, third-rail current collectors, air-conditioning and ventilation.

As an initial order, Wabtec will deliver the products for 94 new trains.

In November 2018, Transport for London subsidiary London Underground (LUL) awarded a €1.5bn contract to Siemens Mobility for designing and building 94 new generation Tube trains to replace the 1970s fleet. Delivery of the trains is slated to begin in 2025 and will serve the Piccadilly line.

Wabtec stated that the bogie brakes will provide a weight saving of 250kg, thereby reducing the energy expenditure of the train.

These brakes will also provide a two-year extension on overhaul intervals, which would subsequently reduce maintenance costs.

The sanding system will enhance traction and adhesion to cater to London’s demanding environment.

Wabtec transit business president Lilian Leroux said: “London Underground is one of the world’s busiest transit systems with millions of passenger journeys per day. As such, it requires the most reliable and efficient solutions to deliver the expected flawless transport for Londoners. These orders build upon our long-standing relationship with Siemens Mobility and will support one of the most modern and sustainable metros ever built.”

The company stated that for the first time, the trains in the London ’Deep Tube‘ will feature air-conditioning systems that have been developed to minimise energy consumption.

The trains will be equipped with a new passenger information system to provide comprehensive information displays for commuters.

Furthermore, Wabtec will install its third-rail current collectors, a solution created with resin-moulding technology, on certain components for reducing weight by more than 15%.

Under the Piccadilly upgrade programme, the replacement of outdated rolling stock, signalling and control systems will take place across four lines.

The programme’s Phase I is focused on upgrading the fleet operating on the Piccadilly line with new trains.