Avanti West Coast, the new operator which took over the West Coast main line express services from Virgin Trains on Sunday 8 December, has signed a maintenance agreement with Bombardier Transportation that covers its Class 221 fleet for the next three years.
The Train Services Agreement (TSA) is with Avanti owners FirstGroup and Trenitalia. It lasts until 11 December 2022 and covers the maintenance of a fleet of 20 Class 221 Super Voyager diesel-electric multiple unit (DEMU) trains at Bombardier’s Central Rivers depot. Each of the five-car trainsets will receive a comprehensive interior refresh and be fitted with an upgraded Wi-Fi system at Bombardier’s Ilford depot. Routine maintenance will take place at Central Rivers depot, with heavy component overhauls taking place at Bombardier Crewe.
The contract is valued at £117 million and follows on from Bombardier’s role in maintaining the 125mph trains for the previous franchise, Virgin Trains .
Bombardier Transportation UK president Matt Byrne said: “We are delighted that we have reached agreement to maintain the Class 221 Super Voyager fleet for Avanti West Coast’s mainline services.
“This important contract win is a reflection of our excellent relationships with both FirstGroup and Trenitalia, our leading position in the UK services market, and to the hard work and commitment of our Central Rivers team who deliver one of the highest performing and most reliable Intercity fleet day in, day out.”
Phil Whittingham, managing director of Avanti West Coast said, “We’ve always had a good working relationship with Bombardier and look forward to continuing that for another three years.
“The Super Voyagers are a vital part of our fleet and our customers will value the interior refresh and upgrades.”