Transport for London has today announced plans to launch a new driverless Underground service, releasing a set of mock-up images for the trains that are due to be ready for service in around mid-2020.
Within this plan TFL will be adding 250 new Underground trains for the Bakerloo, Central, Piccadilly and both the Waterloo and City lines.
TfL says on its website: “The trains will be designed and built to be capable of fully automatic operation. When the trains first enter service, they will have an operator on board. We would only consider implementing full automation following extensive engagement with our customers, stakeholders, staff and trade unions.”
All of these trains will feature walk-through carriages, air-cooling and more space for passengers. They will of course also run automatically.
Inside the trains there will also be video screens to will show maps and advertising, and outside of them protective platform doors like the ones found on the Jubilee Line will be added to more platforms.
TFL say that these new trains will add 25 per cent more capacity to the Central and Bakerloo lines, an extra 50 per cent to the Waterloo and City lines, and 60 per cent to the Piccadilly Line.
They will also be added new signalling that should help improve the service, and allow it to run more smoothly, and of course because they run themselves they should be extra efficient.
You can find out more about the trains by watching the video below, or by hitting up the link just below that.