London Underground trains to undergo accessibility modifications

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A number of London Underground train fleets are to undergo modifications to improve accessibility for disabled peopled.

The improvements will include designated wheelchair zones and improved lighting for people with visual impairments amongst other modifications.

Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin has been contracted to design the modifications whilst London Underground will install them.

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The modifications will cover the train fleets used on the Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City lines – a total of 952 cars.

It is hoped that the upgrades will extend the lifespan of the fleets, providing long term cost savings for LU, as well as reducing the environmental impact compared with replacing the vehicles.

The accessibility improvements come as increasing pressure is piled onto transport networks to install accessibility solutions for less mobile people.

“We’re delighted to be working with LU on this project,” said Michael Grace, regional director, Rail & Transit UK, SNC-Lavalin. “The reconfiguration of rolling stock is a key strength of SNC-Lavalin’s rail engineering capability.  As market leaders in vehicle modifications, we have successfully delivered designs to satisfy ‘Railway Vehicles Accessibility Regulations’ (RVAR) for other railway clients, and this contract award builds upon that.”

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