Rail Passengers in the North of England and Scotland to benefit from new trains
First TransPennine Express (FTPE) is today announcing
that a multi million pound order for a new fleet of trains has been
FTPE will take delivery of 10 new build electric
trains from manufacturer Siemens and is expecting the first train
to arrive at the end of 2013.
The new 100mph, Class 350/4 trains will each have four
carriages and a total of 210 seats, 19 of which will be first
class. Design work is progressing to deliver a capability of 110mph
Based upon the highly successful Class 350's that are
currently in operation on the London Midland network, the FTPE
vehicles will have additional luggage space, a catering trolley
area and bike storage facilities. Seating in both first and
standard class will be similar to the design and layout of FTPE's
current fleet of well regarded Class 185 trains.
The new Class 350/4's will be used on services between
Manchester and Scotland and customers will benefit from an increase
in capacity of more than 80 per cent on this route. This new fleet
also allows the redeployment of FTPE's existing trains to increase
capacity across FTPE's other routes, including the busy Manchester
to Leeds route where capacity is planned to increase by over a
Nick Donovan, FTPE's Managing Director said;
"This is really good news for customers across our
network. We know that many of our services are busy and the
procurement of an additional 40 carriages will help to provide a
much needed increase in seating capacity in response to growing
"I am also really pleased that this project will
create about 200 new jobs across the North of England, including
drivers, conductors and train maintenance staff."
FTPE will retain its 51 class 185 and 9 class 170
trains, which will be deployed to offer more seats across the
Electric trains, such as the new Class 350s have a
reduced carbon footprint of around 20-35 per cent compared to their
diesel trains counterparts.
The trains will have wheelchair access, three on board
toilets and state of the art CCTV and customer information
The purchase of the new trains will generate around
200 additional jobs, many directly with FTPE with the opening of
new train crew depots in Liverpool and Preston. The delivery of the
new trains and related infrastructure improvements will also
provide a wider economic benefit of £10m per year in the North and
better connections between northern cities.
The procurement process for FTPE's new trains has been led by
train operator London Midland as part of a larger order for train
build and maintenance valued at over £140m. FTPE will lease the
trains from rolling stock leasing company Angel Trains.
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