New Aven­tras

Rail (UK) - - Con­tents - Richard Clin­nick richard.clin­nick@bauer­me­ @Clin­nick1

c2c or­ders six ten-car Aven­tras in a £105m deal with Bom­bardier, with the 100mph EMUs due in traf­fic by Septem­ber 2021.

A fleet of six ten-car Aven­tras has been or­dered by c2c in a £105 mil­lion deal.

The 100mph elec­tric mul­ti­ple units will be built by Bom­bardier at Derby Litchurch Lane, with all due to be in traf­fic by Septem­ber 2021. An eight-year main­te­nance deal is also in­cluded - this will run un­til the end of the fran­chise in Novem­ber 2029. Porter­brook will fund the trains.

An­nounc­ing the deal, Rail Min­is­ter Paul May­nard said: “These Bri­tish-built Bom­bardier trains, which are com­ing into ser­vice ear­lier than planned, will pro­vide much-needed ex­tra ca­pac­ity for thou­sands of pas­sen­gers across Lon­don and Es­sex, and also come with fa­cil­i­ties such as WiFi, air­con­di­tion­ing and plug sock­ets.”

Ernesto Si­cilia, man­ag­ing direc­tor of c2c owner Tren­i­talia UK, said: “Since our en­trance in the UK mar­ket, the orig­i­nal new trains in­vest­ment plan, which in­cluded a phased delivery from 2019 to 2024, has been ac­cel­er­ated over­all. We are ex­tremely proud that the new fleet will start to be de­liv­ered from sum­mer 2021, three years ear­lier than orig­i­nally planned.”

Bom­bardier Trans­porta­tion UK Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Richard Hunter said: “This or­der will de­liver al­most 20% more ca­pac­ity to c2c’s fleet.”

The trains will run along­side c2c’s ex­ist­ing fleet of 74 Class 357 Elec­trostars (de­liv­ered by Ad­tranz/ Bom­bardier from 1999-2002) and six Class 387/3 Elec­trostars (de­liv­ered in 2016, and or­dered spec­u­la­tively by Porter­brook be­fore be­ing leased by c2c).

The op­er­a­tor is still ne­go­ti­at­ing for more EMUs from De­cem­ber 2019. They would be used to boost ca­pac­ity un­til the Aven­tras are de­liv­ered.

These Aven­tras take the num­ber of ve­hi­cles on or­der for the UK to 2,618, fol­low­ing or­ders for Cross­rail Class 345s (630), Greater Anglia Class 720s (665), Lon­don Over­ground Class 710s (180), South West­ern Rail­way Class 701s (750) and West Mid­lands Trains’ new fleet (333). The Aven­tra de­sign re­places the Elec­trostar, of which the 2,805th ve­hi­cle was un­veiled in late Novem­ber ( RAIL 841).

The first Class 345s have en­tered traf­fic with TfL Rail, while the first ‘720s’ will be de­liv­ered to GA next year ahead of a 2019 pas­sen­ger de­but, with con­struc­tion hav­ing started.

The first LO Class 710 is un­der­go­ing test­ing at Derby Litchurch Lane ahead of an ex­pected Fe­bru­ary launch, while the first ‘701s’ for SWR are due for delivery from 2019, with WMT’s fleet from 2020.

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