The New Tube for London
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson revealed the design and brand experience consultancy priestmangoode’s new vision for the underground tube. Working with transport for London (TFL), the next generation of deep level trains will operate from 2022 at newly modified piccadilly, Bakerloo, central and Waterloo & city line stations for more than 40 years. The 250 built will be capable of fully automatic operation but will have a driver on board when first introduced. The designs reflects the contemporary culture and architectural landmarks of the city, whilst staying true to the british transport’s style heritage. The stations platforms feature a step-free walk-through system that increases commuters’ safety by opening seamlessly with the train’s doors. The carriages include wider entrances to facilitate quicker turnaround times and also an increased capacity. Inside, the cars have an updated air-cooler to provide a more fresh traveling experience and has digital screens to display live news feeds from the TFL. The interior uses natural finishes and materials to ensure a comfortable commute, and includes a color palette of charcoal, warm grey and oxblood that represents the underground DNA.