West Midlands Class 730s authorised

The Office of Rail and Road has authorised into service 36 three-car Class 730s on order for West Midlands Railway. The electric multiple units are being built by Alstom at Derby Litchurch Lane. 730005 is currently being tested on the main line and is pictured here at Wolverhampton on February 2, while 730001-004 are currently at the Old Dalby test track in Leicestershire. The ‘730s’ are due to begin replacing Class 323s on Birmingham’s Cross-City line by early 2023. 

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  • Güntürk Üstün - 15/02/2022 08:40

    Owned by a consortium of three companies [Abellio, JR East and Mitsui & Co], the UK train operator, West Midlands Trains, is in fact to purchase two separate batches of the Class 730 Aventra fleet. 36 three-car units are intended to be operated on West Midlands Railway's suburban services, primarily the Cross-City Line, and 45 five-car units are intended to be operated on London Northwestern Railway's suburban and long-distance services. Whereas 36 three-carriage long Class 730 Aventra EMUs will replace the Class 323 units, 45 five-carriage long Class 730 Aventra EMUs will replace the Class 319 & Class 350/2 units. Dr. Güntürk Üstün

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