Bombardier will build 750 Aventra vehicles for the new South Western franchise.
They will be formed into five-car and ten-car trains, and will enter traffic from mid-2019, with all in traffic by the end of 2020. A total of 90 trains are on order.
FirstGroup and MTR have placed the £895 million deal, which is designed to provide 46% additional capacity at peak time.
The trains will be maintained at Wimbledon. Funding is led by Rock Rail and partners SL Capital and GLIL Infrastructure LLP.
Their introduction will enable First MTR to withdraw the Class 455, ‘456’ and ‘458’ fleets currently in use with South West Trains, and the Class 707 fleet that is yet to be introduced by SWT.
- For much more on this deal, read RAIL 830, published on July 5.
- For an in-depth round-up of all the new train orders, read RAIL 830, published on July 5.