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EWR is­sues no­tice on rolling stock

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East West Rail­way has is­sued a Prior In­for­ma­tion No­tice to rolling stock sup­pli­ers for trains for the new rail­way.

It is seek­ing 12 or 14 three­car self-pow­ered trains with Euro­pean Train Con­trol Sys­tem Level 2 and Driver Con­trolled Oper­a­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The trains will run on EWR Phase 2 between Ox­ford, Mil­ton Keynes, Bed­ford and Ayles­bury, and the or­der is ex­pected to be sup­ported by a full main­te­nance pack­age.

The lease would run for four years with an op­tional two-year ex­ten­sion - what EWR calls a “short-term, in­terim so­lu­tion to leas­ing a small fleet of self­pow­ered trains for the west­ern sec­tion”. The value is ex­pected to ex­ceed £44 mil­lion.

EWR Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Blanch­flower said: “We lis­tened to what the mar­ket had to say about our tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tion and this has en­abled us to re­shape our re­quire­ments in a way that give us more flex­i­bil­ity in achiev­ing the right out­comes for pas­sen­gers.

“It’s es­sen­tial we get this public pro­cure­ment ab­so­lutely right, to make sure we give the best value to tax­pay­ers and pro­vide the best so­lu­tion to the com­mu­ni­ties who live and work along the East West Rail route.”

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