Con­tract changes to deal for IEP trains

Rail (UK) - - Network News -

There have been two con­tract changes since Agility Trains was awarded the In­ter­city Ex­press Pro­gramme con­tract in July 2012.

Rail Min­is­ter Jo John­son told Shadow Trans­port Sec­re­tary Andy McDon­ald in a Com­mons Writ­ten Re­ply on Fe­bru­ary 23 that the first was in April 2014, when an op­tion was ex­er­cised to buy 30 nine-car Class 801/2s for the East Coast fran­chise.

The sec­ond was in June 2015, for a num­ber of De­part­ment for Trans­port-led changes to the base spec­i­fi­ca­tion of the IEP trains.

John­son said these came from the de­tailed de­sign process, and in­cluded “the ad­di­tion of Pan­to­graph Cam­eras, Speed Limiters and a Driver Ad­vi­sory Sys­tem”.

He didn’t in­clude the de­ci­sion by for­mer Rail Min­is­ter Claire Perry in May 2016, to agree to the con­ver­sion of 21 nine-car Class 801/3 elec­tric mul­ti­ple units to bi-mode trains as a re­sult of de­lays to the Great Western elec­tri­fi­ca­tion ( RAIL 802).

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