Desiro City – Evolution in motion

The Desiro City is our UK platform for maximum flexibility, perfect comfort and low energy consumption. The lightweight construction of the train and the bogies combined with an intelligent vehicle control system reduce the total energy consumption by up to 50 percent compared with its predecessors.

Transporting large numbers of passengers with frequent, irregular stops on a wide variety of routes calls for a train that combines proven technology and an ultra-modern interior. Find out about a proven platform concept that presents a new generation of innovations: the Desiro City.

Every market has its own specific requirements profile. In Great Britain, both train operators and commuters are confronted with a large number of challenges. Commuter trains have to link suburbs and cities as well as providing fast, punctual and efficient services in downtown areas. On the one hand, passenger numbers are growing constantly while, on the other, the associated impact on infrastructure and the environment needs to be stemmed. That calls for flexible, innovative systems that make the best possible use of available resources.

Proven Systems:

  • with a high level of availability and reliability

  • that ensure profitable and cost-efficient operation

  • that provide operators with better cost-efficiency

  • that were especially developed for the commuter market in Great Britain

Desiro City Thameslink

The Department for Transport (London) placed an order with Siemens for the delivery of 1,140 Desiro City cars for the newly built Thameslink line, which crosses London from north to south.

The Desiro City reduces the total energy consumption and track wear by up to 50 percent compared to previous models. Thanks to its enhanced interior fixtures, the new generation of trains offers more comfort and flexibility: with its individually selectable interior layout, the Desiro City is able to carry up to 25 percent more passengers than its predecessor. The number of seats and the distance between them can be varied according to needs and the service for which they are deployed. Additional standing room can be created as well as room for bicycles and wheelchairs. The trains will be built at the Siemens plant in Krefeld as of 2014. The first trains are due to enter service as of 2016.

Siemens will also take on the vehicle maintenance and will build two new depots in Three Bridges and Hornsey for this purpose.