Bombardier to supply, maintain 750 rail carriages for UK's South Western

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 20, 2017

The brand name of the new franchisee is to be announced nearer the time; Stagecoach has used the South West Trains brand since 1997.

Mick Cash, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, said: "There is an agreement in place on South West Trains that there will be no extension of driver-only operation and no threat to guards' jobs or roles, and that agreement transfers with the undertaking to the First MTR South Western franchise".

FirstGroup and MTR have placed the £895 million deal, which is created to provide 46% additional capacity at peak time.

In August, FirstGroup and MTR will take over the franchise which serves the London Waterloo line that passes through Earley, Winnersh and Wokingham. The trains will be rolled out from mid-2019 and will all be in service by December 2020. Funding is led by Rock Rail and partners SL Capital and GLIL Infrastructure LLP. The senior debt was provided by a consortium of UK, European and North American institutional investors.

The new trains will benefit passengers on suburban services into and out of Waterloo station.

The fleet of Aventra trains, which have been ordered by FirstGroup and MTR, will be manufactured by Bombardier in Derby.

"This investment reflects our commitment, and that of train operators, to put passengers at the heart of everything we do, and will improve journeys and target congestion".

Canadian plane and train manufacturer Bombardier Inc has signed a US$1.14 billion contract to supply passenger trains to the two new operators of Britain's South Western rail franchise.

"We know from listening to passengers and stakeholders that alongside improved performance, what they want to see is additional seats and we will deliver this via these state-of-the-art trains", said Montgomery.

"This order is a fantastic endorsement of our skilled workforce and the quality of the products we design, engineer and manufacture here in the UK".

"Rock Rail is delighted to be funding and leasing these trains which will bring a step change to the travelling experience for so many commuters", said CEO Mark Swindell.

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