45 new EMUs to be built in Derby
Transport for London has awarded Bombardier a £260 million contract to build and maintain a fleet of 45 new trains for the London Overground network.
The trains, which will feature walk-through carriages and air conditioning, will be built in Derby and introduced from 2018. 31 of the units will replace the Class 315 and 317 EMUs LO has inherited from Greater Anglia on West Anglia routes from Liverpool Street and the Romford to Upminster branch. Eight four-car units will be introduced on the Gospel Oak-Barking route, which is due to be electrified by 2017, replacing the two-car Class 172 DMUs currently used, while the remaining six trains will help to bolster services on other routes. The contract is subject to a statutory ten day standstill period and also includes the option for an add-on order for additional carriages, should they be required.
Mike Brown MVO, Managing Director of London Rail, said: ‘These 45 new trains will significantly improve the comfort, reliability and overall quality of train services for our customers.
‘Ordering new trains for the Gospel Oak to Barking line and West Anglia route together, as well as including a provision to order more trains should passenger demand warrant additional capacity, ensures that we get best value for money for our customers.’
In the meantime, TfL is promising to invest £2 million on improvements to the West Anglia fleet prior to the new units’ arrival.