More than £9.3bn trains to be built for the UK rail network in the next four years

Analysis of new train orders by the RDG, reveals that more than 3,700 new carriages worth at least £9.3bn, are due to be built for the UK rail network over the next four years and more than half are to be built by UK-based manufacturers. Trains on order include:

  • New intercity trains for Great Western Railway and Virgin Trains East Coast to be delivered as part of the Intercity Express Programme by February 2020 (866 carriages, as five and nine-car trains). All but 12 of these will be built in the UK at Newton Aycliffe as part of an order worth £5.7bn.
  • New intercity trains for Great Western Railway (an extra 173 carriages, formed of 22 five-car trains and seven nine-car trains) to be delivered from summer 2018 – worth £361m.
  • New electric trains for London’s Crossrail line (594 carriages, as 66 nine-car trains), built by Bombardier in Derby and introduced in 2017 – £1bn.
  • New electric trains for the Thameslink route (1,140 carriages, made up of 115 eight and twelve-car trains), the first of which will enter public service in Spring 2016 – £1.6bn.
  • New electric trains for the Gatwick Express service (108 carriages, as 27 four-car trains), the first of which will be introduced in 2016 – £145m.
  • New electric commuter trains for Abellio ScotRail (234 carriages, as 70 three and four-car trains), the first of which will be introduced in 2018. Of the 70 trains, 63 will be built by Hitachi at Newton Aycliffe while the first seven will be pre-series trains built in Japan.
  • New electric commuter trains for London Overground (180 carriages as 45 four-car trains), built by Bombardier in Derby and introduced in 2018 – £260m.
  • Additional electric commuter trains for Great Western Railway (32 carriages, as four-car trains), to be added to an existing fleet of 29 trains introduced elsewhere on the network in 2015. All of these trains will join the GWR fleet in 2016-2017. These are also being built by Bombardier in Derby.
  • New electric trains for South West Trains (150 carriages, as five-car trains), the first of which will be introduced in 2017 – £210m.
  • New carriages for the Caledonian Sleeper franchise (75 carriages), the first of which will be introduced in 2018.
  • New electric commuter trains (80 carriages, formed into 20 electric trains), ordered by rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook and expected to be used by current and future UK train operators, built by Bombardier in Derby and introduced in 2016.

Several more large train orders are also expected in the coming years – with the new Northern, TransPennine, Merseyrail and East Anglia franchises all expected to procure new trains. The new c2c franchise has also committed to 17 new trains (68 carriages) from 2019, while the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise has committed to 25 new trains (150 carriages) for routes into Moorgate.

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group , said: “An average of 12 carriages per week are being built to meet demand – a far higher build rate than just a few years ago. More than half of the new trains are being built by British-based manufacturers, supporting more than 2,000 jobs including at least 100 apprenticeships.

Eversholt Rail Group awards contract for ETCS trial fitment

Eversholt Rail’s Class 365 fleet is to be the first train fleet in the UK fitted with the European Train Control System (ETCS). The work has been contracted to Alstom’s signalling business, SSL, in preparation for the roll out the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) across the UK network.

The trial fitment of ETCS – the First in Class (FiC) _ is to be delivered to all affected fleets by the National Joint ROSCO Project (NJRP).

The Class 365 FiC design process will commence shortly with fitment, integration and reliability testing planned for 2017 before conversion of further units in the Class 365 fleet prior to full ETCS operation on the East Coast Main Line.

Eversholt Rail is one of the three major train owning companies working together through NJRP to deliver ETCS to UK passenger fleets.