London design studio Priestmangoode just unveiled the driverless subway trains of the future - and they're coming to London! The design team worked with Transport for London for three years to create the next generation trains for the world's oldest underground system - and from the looks of their eye-catching design, minding the gap is about to get a whole lot harder.
The new trains’ contemporary style continues in their interior carriages.The designers converted the traditional separate carriage layout into a more comfortable, cohesive atmosphere of one long cylinder that runs the length of the train, fitted with double doors spaced evenly throughout. The larger door system allows for easier and faster access for passengers, resulting in more efficient service. All carriages will all be equipped with air conditioning and built-in Wi-Fi. A new electronic advertising system with dynamic screens will replace the old paper ads located throughout the trains.
According to Priestmangoode’s director, Paul Priestman, the interior design was influenced by his team’s vast experience in aviation design. However, the color palette of charcoal, warm grey and oxblood red, was “derived from looking at heritage and contemporary architecture and landmarks in London.”
Priestman explains more on the significance of the London-inspired design, “TfL wanted the New Tube for London to celebrate the great history of transport design in London, whilst acting as a beacon of innovative 21st century public transport. We took inspiration from iconic London landmarks and key attributes of British design to create a tube that is beautiful, simple, functional and maintainable.”
Although the new fleet won’t be rolled out until 2020, the new trains are scheduled to cover the Piccadilly, Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo and City Lines.