Bombardier has been awarded an additional order for the provision of 36 Electrostar electric multiple unit cars, together with an associated Train Services Agreement from Transport for London (TfL) to be operated on the East London Railway and North London Railway. This order is the first tranche of an option provided for within the original contract for 152 Electrostar cars announced on 31st August 2006.
The contract value is approximately 53 million euros ($72 million US) which includes vehicle manufacture and the first 7.5 years of a Train Services Agreement for the new vehicles which may extend for up to 30 years. The new vehicles will follow on from the production of the 152 cars, commencing in March 2009, with the last vehicle delivered in May 2010.
The 75mph Class 378 units are specially designed for suburban operations and are part of the proven and reliable Electrostar family of products. 1,614 Electrostar cars are already in daily passenger service with three UK operators, c2c, Southeastern and Southern Railways.
The new vehicles will be manufactured at Bombardier’s production site at Derby and the servicing will be primarily delivered out of a new purpose-built maintenance facility situated at New Cross Gate in East London.
Commenting on this announcement, Colin S Walton, Chief Country Representative UK said: “Our award winning Electrostar trains are the most reliable new generation EMUs on the UK network and the similar Class 376 suburban vehicles have already proven themselves in the London area. The vehicle supply will be complimented by our excellent services provision, which has proved highly successful with other UK operators, winning a number of awards over the past year. This order will help secure employment for our highly specialized workforce at Derby.”
Stéphane Rambaud-Measson, President of Bombardier Transportation’s Mainline Division, commented: "This important additional order from TfL further demonstrates the benefits and flexibility of the Electrostar family of trains. The trains’ modular design allows us to retain the longevity of the Electrostar platform for both suburban and intercity applications alike".
In the UK’s rail transportation industry, Bombardier is the leader in the manufacture and maintenance of rolling stock. Bombardier Transportation employs over 4,000 people at production facilities in Derby and Plymouth and 24 maintenance, refurbishment and overhaul centres across the UK. The company maintains approximately 2500 vehicles.
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Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. The Group offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector.
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