Abellio UK, recently awarded the new nine year East Anglia rail franchise by the Department for Transport, has confirmed that it has now finalised contracts worth nearly £1.5 billion to procure and finance the replacement of all the existing trains on the franchise that starts on Sunday 16th October.
It’s the largest ever privately-procured order for trains in the UK.
Two new fleets of 1,043 carriages will be introduced to the franchise between Spring 2019 and Autumn 2020, built by Bombardier in Derby (665 carriages) and Stadler in Switzerland (378 carriages). They will replace the existing fleets of trains and will create an increase of approximately 10 percent in the fleet size compared to today.
Abellio has finalised contracts worth over £600 million to procure and finance the purchase of new Intercity and Regional train fleets from renowned Swiss train manufacturing company, Stadler.
The company’s FLIRT trains, which will be built for the needs and specifications of the railways of East Anglia, are already in service on the rail networks of several European countries.