New Tube for London

MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will London Underground be running an open competition for the design of the New Tube for London?


Answer for New Tube for London

Answer for New Tube for London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Up to a point, Richard.  What we have is the broad outlines of the design which will be shortly made available: a beautiful new train with no conventional driver’s cab, air‑cooled, walk‑through; a gorgeous, sinuous thing.  Seats everywhere. 


Obviously, what will happen now is there will be an open competition for the procurement of that train, which will almost certainly be first deployed on the Piccadilly line, and in the course of that procurement the detailed design work will be done.  However, it is an opportunity to create a New Tube for London, like the New Bus for London, which will be beautiful.


Richard Tracey AM:  Yes, precisely.  It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase really good British design rather like the Thomas Heatherwick design for the New Bus.  The other thing: do you believe that Londoners will embrace the whole idea of driverless trains?  These trains are going to be produced without a driver’s cab.  Following the example of so many cities in the rest of the world, it will be a very good move forward.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  It will.  I cannot guarantee the nationality of the designer and whether the designer would be from London.  That would be to infringe Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) procurement rules.  It will, I hope very much, be the equivalent of the New Bus for London.  It will be a train that will last 50 years at least and I am sure it will be beautiful.


Richard Tracey AM:  Thank you.