Abellio confirms financing deals to replace entire fleet with Bombardier and Stadler rolling stock
In the largest ever privatelyprocured order for trains in the UK, Abellio UK has finalised contracts worth nearly £1.5bn to replace every train on the East Anglia rail franchise, increasing the fleet’s size by approximately 10%.

Two new fleets of 1,043 carriages will be introduced between Spring 2019 and Autumn 2020, 665 carriages are to be built by Bombardier in Derby and 378 carriages by Stadler in Switzerland.

Angel Trains is partnering with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to finance the procurement of 665 Bombardier Aventra vehicles in a deal worth £900m. The air conditioned Bombardier Aventra trains are to be built in Derby and will run mainly suburban routes into London.

Meanwhile, over £600m is to be spent on a fleet of 58 FLIRT trains from Stadler, comprising 378 vehicles with a combination of Intercity Electric Multiple Units and Regional Bi-mode Multiple Units which can run under electric or diesel power. These are destined for InterCity services between London and Norwich, Stansted Express airport services from London to Stansted Airport, and key regional services in East Anglia.

Funding for the Stadler trains was led by Rock Rail and SL Capital Partners with additional co-investment from the Greater Manchester and London Pension Fund authorities.

Thameslink’s Class 387/1s begin the migration north
thameslinks-class-387The first of the four-carriage Class 387/1 trains to be transferred to Great Northern from Thameslink is now running between King’s Cross and Cambridge/Letchworth Garden City, providing six services a day.

In total, 29 4-car Class 387/1s will be transferred onto the Great Northern route as the new Thameslink’s Class 700 trains come into service. The Class 387/1s are around two years old and have been in service on the Bedford – Brighton Thameslink route.

Nomad extends Wi-Fi & CCTV contract in Australia
Passenger and fleet connectivity solutions provider, Nomad Digital, is extending its strategic partnership with Australia’s Queensland Rail for a further three years. The contract extension involves providing full passenger Wi-Fi and CCTV service management for 192 of Queensland Rail’s metro trains, including round-the-clock maintenance of the on-board equipment.

The extension builds on an existing partnership which dates back to 2011. Queensland Rail’s objective is to improve both passenger and staff security. Nomad’s solution has the ability to stream live video in the event of an incident, and Queensland Rail identified the potential to embrace a connectivity solution that improved passenger experience with reliable high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity.

Nomad was the first company to provide continuous high-speed internet connectivity in tunnels and the first to stream high-quality live video to and from moving trains.

c2c receives first new carriage in 13 years
The first of 24 new carriages has been delivered to c2c’s East Ham depot, where they will undergo a programme of live testing and driver training before entering passenger service in November. Constructed in Derby by Bombardier, these are first new trains added to the c2c fleet since 2003, and are scheduled to arrive in 4 phases.

Metrolink celebrates 120th new tram
Metrolink has taken receipt of the final tram from the current order of 120 M5000s from Bombardier, which will be based at the Queens Road Depot. The fleet is now ready for the opening of new Second City Crossing early next year. The M5000 have also also replaced the original T68 models.

Hitachi and Bombardier join forces
Hitachi Rail Europe and Bombardier Trains have submitted a joint bid to build new tubes for London (NTFL) as part of joint venture. The project encompasses up to 3,300 new tube cars to be rolled out from the mid-2020s on the Piccadilly, Waterloo & City, Bakerloo and Central Lines.

Hoppecke to power Thameslink’s services
Hoppecke Industrial Batteries has won an order to provide energy management solutions for Thameslink’s Desiro City trains. At the heart of the system is the innovative Hoppecke rail.power VR lead acid battery with built in chargers, switches and an electrical distribution system. After-sales support, spare parts and warranty support are part of the contract.