Crossrail has announced the shortlist of five companies who will be invited to tender to build new rolling stock and depot facilities.
The five shortlisted firms are Alstom Transport, Bombardier Transportation (UK); CAF; Hitachi Rail Europe and Siemens.
The contract will provide 60 new trains for the project, which will bring an additional 1.5 million people within a 45 minute commute of London’s key business and leisure districts.
Each train will be around 200 metres in length and able to carry up to 1,500 passengers. It is envisaged that the contract for new Crossrail rolling stock and depot facilities will be let in late 2013.
Crossrail chief executive Rob Holden said: “The rolling stock that will deliver Crossrail services will be intensively used with up to 24 trains per hour between Paddington and Whitechapel. The new trains need to be high capacity to meet the needs of passengers joining and alighting in the central section while also accommodating those travelling from further afield.
“We were very encouraged by the strong interest from potential rolling stock suppliers. Work continues to finalise our detailed requirements for the new trains and we expect that shortlisted companies will be invited to submit bids in late 2011 with a view to awarding a contract in late 2013.”
Crossrail intends that the new trains be based upon technology already developed by the worldwide rolling stock market for deployment on other railways.
The capital cost of new Crossrail rolling stock and depot facilities is in the region of £1bn. It is envisaged that new Crossrail rolling stock and depot facilities will be funded by private finance, with the costs then paid as part of the future cost of operation of Crossrail services. These are likely to be let as a concession by Transport for London, similar to the London Overground.
Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.