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Bids invited for London Overground trains


TfL begins search for supplier to provide new trains for new and existing routes

Transport for London (TfL) has began a search to find potential suppliers to provide a fleet of at least 39 electric trains.

The new trains will operate on some of the West Anglia mainline routes that will transfer over to TfL on 31 May 2015, as well as on the existing London Overground route between Barking and Gospel Oak.

The base order set out in an Official Journal of the European Union notice on 9 April is for 39 trains: a full fleet of 30 for the existing West Anglia route from 2017 (replacing the 28 currently operating), one train for the Romford to Upminster line, and eight four-car trains for the electrification of the existing Overground route between Gospel Oak and Barking.

The OJEU also gives TfL options for more trains to meet future demand and provide potential frequency improvements.

The introduction of the new train fleet on the existing West Anglia route is expected to be complete by 2018. The routes that TfL will take over run from Liverpool Street station to Enfield Town, Cheshunt (via Seven Sisters) and Chingford. They include 25 stations in total: 23 across six London Boroughs and two in Hertfordshire.

TfL will become responsible for 23 stations – two larger stations (Liverpool Street and Cheshunt) will remain the responsibility of Network Rail, or Greater Anglia.

TfL will also take over the Romford to Upminster service, including Emerson Park station. Romford station will be managed by Crossrail.

The new trains will have similar features to the existing London Overground fleet, including walk-through carriages, air-conditioning and improved accessibility and are expected to go into passenger service from mid 2017.

The Gospel Oak to Barking route, which is already part of London Overground, is being electrified by Network Rail and due to be completed in 2017.

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