Bombardier, which manufacturers trains at its plant in Derby, has landed a £73m contract extension that will see it build more trains for London’s Elizabeth Line.
The firm’s Midlands arm, which is located at Litchurch Lane in Derby, is currently busy delivering a contract for 65 Aventra trains for the capital’s new rail network.
Transport for London (TfL) has now confirmed that it will be exercising an option for five extra trains, bringing the total order to 70 trains.
The agreement also includes an expansion to the existing Train Services Agreement to cover the new trains.
The new trains will be used to boost capacity on the central section of the Elizabeth Line and for the extension of services to Reading and Heathrow Terminal 5.
TfL indicated last summer that it could be ordering more trains when it released details of the services that will run on the new line, which were more extensive and frequent than originally thought.
Richard Hunter, managing director of Bombardier Transportation UK, said: “The Elizabeth Line is set to transform transport in London with quicker, easier and more accessible journeys and we are proud to be playing our part.
“This important additional order is an endorsement of our workforce and the quality of the products we design, engineer, manufacture and service in the UK.”
Each train, which will be capable of carrying up to 1,500 passengers, include air-conditioning, interconnecting walk-through carriages and has been designed with intelligent energy-efficiency and on-train energy management systems.
Recently, the first Aventra train successfully completed its maiden voyage on a section of the Elizabeth Line as part of a series of tests being carried out ahead of entry into service in December.
Jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and TfL, the Elizabeth Line is the largest infrastructure project of its kind in Europe.
When it is complete in 2019 it will carry more than 200 million passengers a year.
Mark Wild, TfL’s managing director for London Underground and the Elizabeth Line, said: “The opening of the Elizabeth Line in December will redefine transport in London with journeys made easier and trains passing through brand new tunnels beneath central London to new, accessible stations.
“The additional trains will allow us to serve all the terminals at Heathrow and provide an increased frequency when the line is fully open in December 2019.”
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