LNWR Class 230s de­layed un­til 2019

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The in­tro­duc­tion of three Vi­varail Class 230 trains with Lon­don North­west­ern Rail­way has been de­layed.

The trains were due to en­ter traf­fic from the De­cem­ber timetable change, run­ning on the Bed­ford-Bletch­ley line. How­ever, prob­lems iden­ti­fied dur­ing test­ing on some of the con­trols that op­ti­mise op­er­a­tional sys­tems on 230003 means that sets 230004 and 230005 have been de­layed ow­ing to the time spent on the first set.

Vi­varail re­mains con­fi­dent that it will de­liver the trains in the New Year from its Long Marston base, although spokesman Alice Gil­man told RAIL on Oc­to­ber 30 that she could not give an ex­act date. The com­pany said it is tak­ing full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the de­lays.

LNWR will con­tinue us­ing Class 150s and ‘153s’ on the route un­til the ‘230s’ are ready.

Jonny Wise­man, head of sta­tions for LNWR, said: “The Class 230 pro­gramme is an in­no­va­tive scheme that will de­liver many ben­e­fits to lo­cal rail users. We will con­tinue to sup­port Vi­varail in bring­ing this new con­cept to the Marston Vale line.”

Vi­varail CEO Adrian Shooter said: “My ex­pe­ri­ence in the rail in­dus­try means I am fully aware of the prob­lems that can oc­cur when in­tro­duc­ing new trains, and that one un­fore­seen event can eas­ily over­turn months - or even years - of plan­ning. That is the case here.

“How­ever, I am con­fi­dent that my team will de­liver the fin­ished trains with a min­i­mal de­lay and al­low Lon­don North­west­ern Rail­way to bring them into ser­vice soon. There is a great deal of an­tic­i­pa­tion to see the ‘230s’ in ser­vice. I am con­fi­dent that the wait will be worth it.”

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