Transport: London’s new Crossrail passenger trains to be designed by Barber & Osgerby

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The interior, exterior and livery for the trains are to be created by London design studio Barber & Osgerby

The new London public transport system, Crossrail, is set to change the Capital’s landscape once more, yet it’s the city’s designers Barber & Osgerby that have been chosen to design the face of this system: its passenger trains.

Barber & Osgerby have won the tender to create the interior, exterior and livery for the trains that will be used on the Crossrail line, a new cross-capital railway due for completion in 2017.

They will work with Transport for London and UK train manufacturer Bombardier to design and build the trains. Each train will be made up of nine carriages, measure just over 200 metres long, and capable of carrying up to 1,500 passengers.
Previously, the design studio has worked on projects such as the 2012 London Olympic Torch, as well as furniture for the likes of Vitra, Oxford University’s library, and the current ‘Double Space’ installation at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Although the studio has won the tender, we are still waiting excitedly for concept designs to be released.


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