Ashurst advised Transport for London (TfL), on the contract with Siemens Mobility Limited for the delivery of rolling stock for London Underground’s Deep Tube lines (the Piccadilly, Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City lines).
The first order covers the design and build of 94 trains to replace the entire 1970s-built Piccadilly line fleet and an associated fleet services agreement covering the supply of spares and whole life technical support – a value of approximately £1.5 billion.
From 2023, new spacious ‘Inspiro London’ trains will be delivered for testing on the Piccadilly line, with current estimates indicting the first of these trains will be serving customers in 2024. These will improve reliability and enable increased frequencies during peak times by the end of 2026 (up from 24 to 27 trains-per-hour ).
This service – a train every 135 seconds at the busiest times – will help to address crowding on the line as London’s population continues to rise. This has been awarded with the expectation that Siemens Mobility will build trains for all four Deep Tube lines.
The Ashurst team, which worked closely with TfL’s in-house legal team led by head of commercial law Diane Maino and legal manager John Little, was led by transport partner Naomi Horton (picture), supported by senior associates Stuart Cottis, Daniel Jarrett, Rachael Chapple and Mark Emmanuel, and associates Josh Cornally, Will Glover and Talor Elliott, with procurement support from partner Euan Burrows and senior associate Edward McNeill.
Involved fees earner: Naomi Horton – Ashurst; Daniel Jarrett – Ashurst; Rachael Chapple – Ashurst; Mark Emmanuel – Ashurst; Josh Cornally – Ashurst; Talor Elliott – Ashurst; Will Glover – Ashurst; Stuart Cottis – Ashurst; Euan Burrows – Ashurst; Edward McNeill – Ashurst;
Law Firms: Ashurst;
Clients: Transport for London;