Bombardier wins rolling stock and maintenance contracts
Oct 01, 2016: Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has signed a contract to supply 665 new BOMBARDIER AVENTRA vehicles to Angel Trains, for operation by Abellio on its East Anglia rail franchise in the United Kingdom.
Bombardier has also signed a separate contract to provide ongoing maintenance services support to Abellio Greater Anglia for the new trains for the duration of the franchise.
The rolling stock contract is valued at approximately £869 million GBP ($1.1 billion US, 1 billion euro) and the maintenance contract, which will run for 7 years (with an option to extend in line with any franchise extensions), is valued at approximately £83 million GBP ($108 million US, 97 million euro).
Per Allmer, president, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Bombardier Transportation, commented, “Our modern AVENTRA platform will greatly improve the journey experience for Abellio Greater Anglia’s customers by delivering an enhanced interior environment and passenger comfort together with greater connectivity, shorter journey times and more reliable trains.”
Dominic Booth, MD of Abellio UK, said, “It will give the people of East Anglia high-quality trains as part of an ambitious transformation of the region’s railway. We look forward to working with Bombardier and Angel Trains to deliver the 665 air conditioned Bombardier Aventra train carriages that will greatly improve the journey experience of millions of passengers.”
With reduced weight, increased capacity, improved energy efficiency and reliability, Bombardier’s new AVENTRA EMU delivers a significant increase in performance and passenger experience. The AVENTRA product family can meet various market needs and major orders have already been placed for Transport for London’s Elizabeth line (Crossrail) and London Overground’s LOTRAIN projects, where this rapidly growing metropolis is facing an increased demand for improved mobility and connectivity to its surrounding cities.
Bombardier has been a key contributor in shaping the development of transportation in the UK and provides mobility solutions from metros to intercity trains as well as the full range of service and maintenance offerings.
Abellio was announced as the new operator by the Department for Transport on August 10 and will operate the franchise starting October 2016. The new trains are expected to be delivered between January 2019 and September 2020.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) will partner with Angel Trains to finance the £900 million procurement. The transaction builds on CBA’s ongoing relationship with Angel Trains and further establishes the bank’s credentials in the rail industry and support for UK manufacturing.