Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) will build 281 carriages for Arriva Trains North Limited, in a deal worth £490 million.
The contract is for 31 three-car and 12 four-car electric multiple units, and 25 two-car and 30 three-car diesel multiple units. The carriages will be owned by Eversholt Rail, and all will be in traffic by December 2018.
The stock is based on CAF’s Civity platform.
“These new trains will bring much-needed improvements in comfort and capacity for passengers on this important part of the network, and we look forward to working with our partners to bring them into service,” said Eversholt Rail Group Chief Executive Mary Kenny.
Arriva’s UK Trains Division Managing Director Chris Burchell acknowledged that the timetable for delivery was demanding, but added: “I hope that today’s announcement once again makes clear our determination to deliver on our promises to passengers.”
Antonio Campos, CAF S.A. International Commercial Director for Western Europe, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for CAF to consolidate its position as one of the leading manufacturers of trains within the very competitive UK market.
“CAF is delighted to be working with Arriva Rail North and Eversholt Rail Group to provide high-quality, cost-effective and highly reliable trains for the people throughout northern England. These trains will provide an improved travelling experience for regular rail passengers.”
CAF is also building 75 Mk 5 carriages for Caledonian Sleeper.
- For more on this story, read RAIL 793, published on February 3.