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Priestmangoode unveils driverless tube train designs for London Underground

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News: designs by London studio Priestmangoode are due to be rolled out on four London tube lines in 2020, and could be the first fleet of driverless Underground trains (+ interview + movie).


Priestmangoode is working with Transport for London on the project to design the next generation of trains for the Piccadilly, Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City Lines on the underground network.


Called the New Tube for London, the designs ditch the traditional carriage layout of existing tubes for one long, complete structure of finite length with air conditioning and Wi-Fi built in. The firm has produced two versions, one with a driver's cab and one that is driverless with seats running up to the front of the cab.


Update: Boris Johnson has confirmed that the first trains will have drivers, but these will be phased and the trains will be automated out by the middle of the 2020s.


"Automation is going to come. This train will allow us to do that," said Johnson at a press briefing this morning.


Images show a frontage that has no immediately visible driver's cab, but a large window surrounded by a strip of curved light created using LEDs with a door in the centre.


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