A fleet of six ten-car Aventras has been ordered by c2c in a £105 million deal. The trains will be leased from Porterbrook.
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.
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, air-conditioning 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 help transform the travel experience for c2c passengers and deliver almost 20% more capacity to c2c’s fleet.”
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