London's New Subway Trains Look Like Spaceships

New Tube for London ExteriorPriestmangoodeThe New London Tube sports a futuristic look, Wi-Fi and air conditioning.

Next stop: the future. Transport for London just pulled the cover off its new subway train for the London Underground   — and its design is straight out of a sci-fi flick.

New Transport for London InteriorpriestmangoodeThe interior of the train has large display screens for real-time travel information.

London-based studio PriestManGoode designed the new train model, which is called the “New Tube for London.”

It sports luxuries like wider double doors, Wi-Fi and air conditioning for the first time in deep-level trains.

The new design also abandons the seperate-car model for an articulated design that allows passengers to move up and down the full length of the train.

The interior of the train has been overhauled and sports the classic London Underground colour scheme of oxblood and neutral grays, as well as large display screens full of real-time travel information and moving advertisements.

NewTubeforLondonExterior2PriestmangoodeThe train offers an articulated design, allowing passengers to walk from front to back.

This new rolling stock won’t hit the rails until about 2022 and will only be used for a few lines: the Piccadilly, the Central, Bakerlooand Waterloo & City.

Who will build the trains has not yet been decided, but reports that Alstom, Siemens, Hitachi, CAF and Bombardier (the builder of the Underground’s current S Stock trains) are all in the running. The contract will be awarded in 2016.

Hey, MTA: Any room for these babies in that $US32 million capital budget?

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