Crossrail yesterday began the procurement process for rolling stock and depot facilities, putting the capital cost at around £1bn.
To deliver Crossrail services to the 37 stations along the route, around 60 new trains will be required, bringing an additional 1.5M people within a 45 minute commute of London’s key business and leisure districts.
Each train will be will be around 200m long and able to carry up to 1,500 passengers.
“With construction gathering pace it is now time to focus on the trains that will deliver the Crossrail service and transform the experience of commuters and rail users,” said Crossrail chief executive Rob Holden.
“Crossrail will be a high frequency metro system with up to 24 trains per hour between Paddington and Whitechapel during the peak. The rolling stock that will operate will need to be high capacity and accommodate the needs of passengers travelling from further afield as well as those joining and alighting in the central area. We aim to benefit from, and build upon, the existing capabilities of the rolling stock industry rather than requiring a wholly new concept or design.”
To ensure value for money, Crossrail said its intention is that the new trains are based upon technology already developed by the worldwide rolling stock market for deployment on other railways. A revolutionary new train design is not required.
It is envisaged that new Crossrail rolling stock and depot facilities will be funded by private finance. Arrangement of finance will be required as part of supplier bids. The costs associated with the rolling stock and depot contract are planned to form part of the future cost of operation of Crossrail services.
The intention is for the operation of Crossrail services to be let as a concession by Transport for London (TfL) London Rail, similar to the concession let by TfL for the London Overground.