London Underground have unveiled a new design for its Tube Trains that will be running on the Bakerloo, Central, Piccadilly and Waterloo & City Lines from 2022. One of the biggest changes is that the new trains will be driverless, 100% fully automated. Initially however they will have operators, because the signalling and other sections of the track aren’t quite up to date yet. This essentially means Tube Drivers have striked themselves out of their own jobs.
Another crazy addition is that there’s no separate carriages, meaning all the trains will be just one long space. “One of the things that will be happening in the lifetime of this train will be platform doors, which you can already see on the Jubilee line, and those will be rolled out in the coming years,” Paul Priestman, one of the designers, told Dezeen. “So on this particular train we’ve been able to make the doors bigger.”
They will also have air con, which is basically just lovely. Also, this image proves that CGI mock-ups can even make air-con vents look futuristic. The contract to build the new trains will be signed in 2016, with the first due to enter service on the Piccadilly line in 2022.