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Harrow anticipates enhanced service as new Piccadilly Line trains enter final testing phase

Siemens Mobility has confirmed that up to 80% of the new Piccadilly Line Tube trains will be assembled in Yorkshire. The company is in the final stages of setting up its new train factory in Goole, Yorkshire, where these trains will be produced. This marks an increase from the previous figure of 50%.

Stations in and around Harrow, such as South Harrow, Rayners Lane, Eastcote, Ruislip Manor, and Sudbury Hill, are part of the Piccadilly Line network.

The new train factory, scheduled to open this spring, is a significant part of the broader rail village project, which is seeing an investment of up to £200 million. This initiative is expected to create around 700 jobs, with an additional 1,700 opportunities in the supply chain.

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The Goole Rail Village Image: Siemens Mobility

Today, Siemens Mobility has released images of the new trains, providing a glimpse into the future of the Piccadilly Line’s rolling stock.

The first Piccadilly Line train, manufactured at Siemens Mobility’s sister factory in Vienna, has undergone extensive testing in Germany. Transport for London (TfL) will conduct further infrastructure testing before the trains enter service in London in 2025. These new trains, based on Siemens Mobility’s Inspiro family, offer improved customer experience with walk-through, air-conditioned carriages, and enhanced accessibility.

They will increase capacity by around 10% and are lighter and more energy-efficient due to a semi-articulated design. The Goole factory, part of a wider rail village, is set to become a hub for rail technology in the UK, assembling trains for various UK routes, including the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines pending further funding from the government.

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Piccadilly Line train interior. Image: Siemens Mobility

Stuart Harvey, TfL’s Chief Capital Officer, said: “Producing more Piccadilly line trains in Goole will support local supply chains, clearly demonstrating how investment in transport in London benefits the whole of the UK. We have ensured that this development will not impact when the first train arrives for testing in London later this year, ahead of entering service in 2025, nor the planned timetable uplift in 2027.”

“Subject to long-term certainty on Government funding, the factory in Goole is also expected to deliver a replacement fleet for the Bakerloo line, which at more than 50 years old is the oldest train in passenger service in the UK.”