Bombardier has won a contract from the London
Underground (LU) to supply new motors and traction control
equipment for its fleet of Central line trains.
which will run until 2024, is valued at approximately Ł112.1
million (US$143.7) with Bombardier also providing ongoing
Mark Wild, Managing Director of London
Underground, said, “The Central line is one of the busiest and
most important lines on the London Underground network. We are
making a number of improvements to reduce delays and make the line
more reliable for our customers. Installing new motors is one of
the most important parts of this work, and will mean we can
deliver a more reliable service to our customers, which will in
turn boost capacity.”
Bombardier’s re-traction project is
part of LU’s larger Central Line Improvement Programme (CLIP).
The CLIP will bring a number of passenger-focussed improvements
and is expected to significantly reduce customer-affecting
failures on the Central line fleet.
For the programme,
Bombardier will replace the direct current (DC) traction motors on
Central line trains with the latest MITRAC alternating current
(AC) traction systems and MITRAC traction control equipment.
Central line ‘92 Tube Stock are the last LU trains to use DC
traction motors, and MITRAC will bring significant benefits by
reducing energy consumption while greatly improving fleet
reliability and performance.
In total, Bombardier will supply new
motors and traction control equipment for 85 8-car Central line
trains (680 cars in total).
The project will be led from
Bombardier’s Västeras site in Sweden, also leveraging the capabilities of other sites in the Bombardier manufacturing
The installation of the first train, plus associated
vehicle integration works and testing will be undertaken at
Bombardier’s Derby site in the UK.
Richard Hunter, Managing Director of
Bombardier Transportation UK, said, “This important contract
win is testament to the significant improvements in energy
consumption, reliability and performance of our Bombardier MITRAC
systems. This win is also a ringing endorsement of our traction
system business, following MITRAC’s strong performance on other
London Underground lines. Bombardier has a long history of working
with London Underground, and we continue to provide cutting edge
technology across the tube network, playing a vital role in
keeping London moving.”
Between 2009 and 2018,
Bombardier has delivered or has orders for more than 2,800 rail
vehicles for Transport for London (LU’s parent company), helping
to transform the travel experience for millions of London
The Bombardier MOVIA trains on LUL’s Victoria Line
operate at 100,000-plus miles between
service-affecting failures, whilst its MOVIA ‘S7’ trains on the
sub-surface lines have reached a peak of 200,000 miles between
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