Three Vivarail two-car Class 230 diesel electric multiple units (DEMUs) will enter traffic on the Bedford-Bletchley line from December.
The deal was finally confirmed on March 1. The DEMUs will replace two-car Class 150/1s and single-car Class 153 diesel multiple units currently used by West Midlands Trains (WMT).
Vivarail spokesman Alice Gilman told RAIL the company will make a separate announcement on maintenance contracts and where the ‘230s’ will be based. She also confirmed that negotiations are continuing on whether they will be leased to WMT or sold.
WMT said the ‘230s’ are the first trains to be introduced by the new franchise, which replaced London Midland on December 10 last year.
Vivarail Chief Executive Adrian Shooter said: “This is a big day for Vivarail. We have invested considerable time and money to bring our innovative D-Train to this point.”
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