Page last updated at 12:55 GMT, Monday, 13 July 2009 13:55 UK

Air-conditioned trains unveiled

Advertisement

Air-conditioned trains unveiled

The first of dozens of air-conditioned trains destined for London Overground lines is to be unveiled later, with 24 rolled out by the end of the year.

The first new trains on the network for 30 years, they will boast walkthrough carriages, Tube-style seating and CCTV.

They will begin on the northern part of the network, with a total of 54 put in operation across London over 18 months.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson unveiled the first of the new £250m fleet in Willesden, west London.

Mr Johnson said: "For far too long passengers on our Overground lines have suffered from crumbling unreliable trains that were just not up to muster.

"Every element on these brand spanking new trains has been crafted to meet the capital's needs - the standard of design will surprise even the most hardened traveller."

For the last few weeks when we had the hot weather it was unbearable
London Overground user

Mayor's transport advisor Kulveer Ranger said: "We want to increase capacity - and these brand new trains have been specially designed for our Overground in London.

"When we have four-carriage trains they will be able to have 700 people in them.

"By 2012 we should have a fantastic Overground network."

According to passengers the new trains are badly needed.

One Overground user told BBC London: "For the amount of money you pay to get on the [existing] trains it is definitely not worth it.

"It is overly hot and there is no air-con."

Another passenger said: "For the last few weeks when we had the hot weather it was unbearable.

"I travel on the train for 45 minutes - and it feels like three hours."

The first 24 trains will run on the north London, west London and Watford-Euston lines of the Overground network.

A further 20 will come into service on the East London line extension when completed next year, while 10 more are earmarked for the whole network by 2011.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
London overground
09 Nov 07 |  Politics Show
London Overground services begin
11 Nov 07 |  London
Mainline station to accept Oyster
08 Jun 07 |  London

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC iD

Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2018 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific