Derby's Bombardier lands South West Trains order worth almost £900 MILLION
June 21, 2017
Derby train-maker Bombardier has landed another huge order worth almost £900 million.
First Group/MTR, the new franchisee of South West Trains, announced that it had selected the Litchurch Lane firm to supply 750 carriages. The deal, worth £895 million represents the third largest contract the Derby site has won since 2014.
It has previously secured deals worth £1 billion to provide trains for the Elizabeth Line (formerly Crossrail) and East Anglia. The train that Bombardier will be supplying will be the Aventra - the same train that the firm is supplying to the Elizabeth Line and East Anglia.
With 750 carriages to deliver, the First Group/MTR deal represents the largest ever single Aventra train order. First Group/MTR, a consortium comprising of First Group and Hong Kong state-owned metro operator MTR, said the trains will be supplied in both five-carriage and 10-carriage configurations.
Bombardier has also been chosen to maintain its trains throughout the duration of its seven-year franchise, which starts in August. Richard Hunter, UK managing director at Bombardier Transportation, said the firm was "thrilled" at winning the contract. He said: "It demonstrates further confidence placed in this market leading rolling stock, designed and built in Britain.
In addition to delivering a significant performance increase with innovative energy benefits such as regenerative braking, Bombardier’s new Aventra electric multiple unit will transform the passenger experience with features including wide-open gangways between carriages, air conditioning, WiFi, 2 + 2 seating, USB sockets at seat locations, universal toilets and improved passenger information system.
The FirstGroup and MTR partnership will take over the South Western franchise on 20 August 2017. The new trains will operate on the Windsor, Reading and West London suburban routes. The plan is for them to start coming into service from mid-2019 and will all be in place by December 2020.