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2008-09-19 DfT-001
Department for Transport


106 extra Pendolino Carriages for West Coast Main Line

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Department for Transport

106 extra Pendolino Carriages for West Coast Main Line

19 Sep 2008 12:10
source Department for Transport
type Press release

note DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT News Release (151) issued by COI News Distribution Service. 19 September 2008

Passengers on the West Coast Main Line will benefit from 106 extra Pendolino carriages following the successful conclusion of commercial negotiations between the Department for Transport, Angel Trains and Alstom.

The £1.5bn deal, agreed by DfT, means that Alstom will produce four new 11-car Pendolino trains and lengthen 31 existing Pendolino trains by two carriages. The contract allows for the vehicles to be maintained until 2022.

The extra carriages will deliver a significant increase in capacity for passengers on the route, providing 7,420 extra seats for passengers on the West Coast Main Line. The carriages are set to come into full service by December 2012 and will be used on the busiest routes at the busiest times of day.

Lengthening of the existing trains will take place at Edge Hill in Liverpool and investment will be made at this and four other depots at Wembley (North London), Oxley (Wolverhampton), Longsight (Manchester) and Polmadie (Glasgow) to accommodate the longer trainsets.

The extra seats are part of plans to improve rail services on the West Coast Main Line. £8.8bn upgrade works are nearing completion, and will deliver faster journey times and a 45% increase in long distance trains to and from Euston in December 2008.

The agreement also contains an option to purchase in 2010 a further 42 carriages to be delivered and maintained from early 2013 to meet rising passenger demand. This would mean lengthening the remaining 21 nine-car trains from nine to 11 carriages.

Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly said:

"This is one of the busiest rail routes in Europe, linking some of our most important cities. It is vital that we carry on meeting growing demand for rail travel and give people a better, reliable and greener way to make their journeys.

"Passengers will see thousands of extra seats because of this deal. This is on top of the extra services and faster journeys our £8.8bn investment in the West Coast Main Line modernisation is already delivering."

Virgin Rail Projects Limited will support the Department throughout the delivery, testing and commissioning of the new Pendolino rolling stock.

Notes to Editors:

1. DfT committed to providing extra capacity on the West Coast Main Line in last year's Rail White Paper Delivering a Sustainable Railway and more recently in the Rolling Stock Plan.

2. The Department entered into contract with Virgin Rail Projects Limited following an EU competition, to enable them to enter into Interim Lease and Interim maintenance contracts for the new rolling stock.

3. The agreement with Virgin Rail Projects Limited is to support the Department for Transport's in the introduction of longer Pendolino trains on the West Coast Main Line.

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