LU publishes New Tube for London ITT

London Underground has issued tender documents to five manufacturers for the contract to design and build a new fleet of trains for the deep-level Tube lines.

The Invitation to Tender (ITT), which was originally due to be issue in early 2015, is for the construction of 250 new trains: 100 for the Piccadilly line, 10 for the Waterloo & City line, 40 for the Bakerloo line and 100 for the Central line.

The shortlisted manufacturers – Alstom, Bombardier, CAF, Hitachi and Siemens – have until this summer to submit formal bids, with the contract expected to be awarded in autumn 2017.

Nick Brown, managing director of London Underground, said: “Today’s invitation to train manufacturers to submit bids for the design and build of the New Tube is a significant step forward.

“Londoners have already seen huge improvements to the Tube network, but to meet the needs of our rapidly growing population we must continue to invest in and improve our services. More people are using the Underground than at any point in its 153-year history.

“The New Tube for London will transform the journeys of millions of customers, providing trains fit for a world city for the next five decades.”

New Tube for London trains will begin to go into service in the early 2020s.


  1. Siemens, Bombardier, Hitachi, CAF and Mitsui all bidding to win the contract to build the new tube for London Underground’s Piccadilly, Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City lines. With the Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines more likely to get the new deep level tube stocks to replace the 1974 & 1975 tube stocks as both Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines does need a upgrade with new tube stocks to be built in the 2020’s.


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