Vivarail, the designers and manufacturers of the Class 230 D-Train, has entered into an agreement with West Midlands Trains to build three new D-Trains for use on the Marston Vale line between Bedford and Bletchley.
These will be the first trains to be introduced within the new franchise and will demonstrate West Midlands Trains’ commitment to providing high quality rolling stock throughout their tenure. The new trains are scheduled to begin operation in 2018.
Vivarail’s CEO, 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 and we are delighted to be working with West Midlands Trains to introduce them into passenger service.
“As a West Midlands based company it will be extremely gratifying to see our trains running on local lines and we look forward to passenger feedback. Our trains will be built to the high standards West Midlands Trains has committed to and will provide the flagship service for the region.
“We congratulate the team at West Midlands Trains on their successful bid and look forward to working with them over the coming months.”
West Midlands Trains’ customer service director, Andrew Conroy, said “We are investing in almost £700 million of new trains for our passengers. The class 230s will be the first of over 400 extra carriages we are adding to our network. These trains are ideal for Bedford to Bletchley route. I am sure our passengers will welcome the new look and feel of the carriages and the extra space. When the new trains come on stream in December we will also be adding extra early morning and late-night services on the Marston Vale line Monday to Saturday.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
Vivarail was formed in 2012 to produce a new type of rolling stock designed specifically for regional routes: the D-Train.
The company is headed by Adrian Shooter CBE, previously Chairman of Chiltern Railways. Vivarail is based at a rail-connected site in central England with full manufacturing facilities and a 3km test track.
Vivarail is privately funded.
About the D-Train
The D-Train is a cost-effective solution to the need for new rolling stock and is designed to keep both upfront and running costs to a minimum. The D-Train uses the best of modern technology and is specifically designed to appeal to passengers and operators alike. Innovative systems and high tech equipment, such as the advanced RCM system, ensure the trains are able to be customised to suit different route requirements.
The trains are designed to accept power modules which can be diesel, battery or, in the future, hydrogen fuel cells. Vivarail is leading the UK market in battery technology and will introduce its first production battery vehicle in Spring 2018 – fully approved and ready for passenger service.
The D-Train meets all current standards up to and including the 2020 PRM-TSI regulations.
For further information about Vivarail contact 01789 721922
Notes to editors
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