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Vivarail class 230 trains delayed

Press release   •   Oct 30, 2018 10:00 GMT

Delays to Vivarail class 230 trains

Vivarail has today (30 October) informed London Northwestern Railway that there will be a delay in delivering the Class 230 units for the Marston Vale line. Both partners have worked tirelessly to bring the trains into service for the December timetable change as scheduled. However due to technical issues with the first train the knock-on effect means the three will not be ready in time. London Northwestern Railway has demonstrated its commitment to upgrading trains for all its passengers and Vivarail is disappointed that these issues have brought about the delay.

Vivarail remains confident that the full fleet will be ready for service in the New Year and thanks London Northwestern Railway for their patience and help in resolving the few remaining problems. Vivarail would like to assure all users of the Marston Vale line that they take full responsibility for the delay and thank London Northwestern Railway for their invaluable support during the testing and implementation process.

London Northwestern Railway says services will continue to run on the Marston Vale Line this December using existing rollingstock.

Jonny Wiseman, head of stations for London Northwestern Railway, said “We were disappointed to learn, from Vivarail, that the class 230 trains for the Marston Vale Line will not be ready for the December 2018 timetable change. We want to reassure passengers that we will continue to run the Bedford – Bletchley service with existing trains until the Vivarail units are available.

“The class 230 programme is an innovative scheme that will deliver many benefits to local rail users. We will continue to support Vivarail in bringing this new concept to the Marston Vale Line.”

Adrian Shooter, CEO of Vivarail, said, “My experience in the rail industry means I am fully aware of the problems that can occur when introducing new trains and that one unforeseen event can easily overturn months or even years of planning. That is the case here and at Vivarail we hold our hands up to that fact. However, I am confident that my team will deliver the finished trains with a minimal delay and allow London Northwestern Railway to bring them into service soon. I know that there is a great deal of anticipation to see the Class 230s in service and I am confident that the short wait will be worth it.”


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