Bombardier Transportation has signed a deal which will see the rail and technology leader supply 333 new vehicles for the Weest Midlands Train franchise.
The £542 million contract will see the company supply its Bombardier AVENTRA vehicles for the franchise after a contract was signed with Corelink Rail Infrastructure and West Midlands Trains.
The deal will also see Bombardier Transportation provide maintenance and support services as well, running for the same duration of the franchise. The contract has an option for a contract extension, in line with any franchise extensions.
Part of the Bombardier Group, its transportation arm will undertake the production and maintenance of the 333 electric carriages, which comprise of 36 90mph three-car trains for metro services and 45 110mph five-car trains for those outer suburban and long distance configurations.
The news of this contract is positive for British industry because the 333 carriages will be built at Bombardier’s facility in Derby, which complements the contract awarded earlier this year, worth £895 million, to supply and maintain AVENTRA vehicles for the South Western franchise.
Bombardier Transportation’s AVENTRA product can meet several market needs and as well as for the South Western franchise, adds to this fleet that has already been ordered in Britain for the Elizabeth line, Greater Anglia franchise, and for the London Overground’s LOTrain.
Chris Grayling is the Secretary of State for Transport. He explained what this contract will mean for rail users in the West Midlands.
“We are delivering the biggest rail modernisation programme for over a century. West Midlands passengers will see longer, more frequent trains, faster journeys and a more reliable service for passengers.
“This is part of a huge investment happening up and down the country and will make a real difference to passengers. This investment reflects our commitment, and that of train operators, to put passengers at the heart of everything we do.”
These new trains will be delivered by 2022.