Tube Lines have invited expressions of interest from manufacturers, for new trains for the London Underground Piccadilly line.
Under its contract, Tube Lines must provide new rolling stock, replace trains which have been in use since 1972, install new siganlling systems, and increase capacity by 20% - all by 2014.The contract notice, sent for publication in Official Journal of the European Union, will be the first stage in the procurement process, with contracts expected to be awarded by the end of 2008.Malcolm Codling leads Tube Lines upgrade all work. 'Through investment and new maintenance techniques, Tube Lines has significantly improved the reliability of the Piccadilly line fleet but there's a limit to what can be done with such old trains. The new fleet will offer passengers a higher level of comfort. Coupled with the increased capacity which the new signalling system will bring, people using the Piccadilly line will notice faster, smoother, more reliable journeys,' he said.Tube Lines has already extended the capacity of the Jubilee line by adding an extra carriage. New signalling will allow extra capacity on the Jubilee line in 2009, and Northern Line 2011.