Five additional AVENTRA trains will operate on the Elizabeth line
The Elizabeth line is set to transform transport in London and will operate AVENTRA trains from Bombardier for quicker, easier and more accessible journeys, carrying a potential 200 million passengers across the city…
Bombardier Transportation has received an order from Transport for London (TfL) for five more BOMBARDIER AVENTRA trains for services on London’s Elizabeth line.
This additional order increases the total to 70 trains and includes an expansion to the existing Train Services Agreement. In total the additional contract is valued at approximately £73 million.
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.”
The additional vehicles will be formed into five nine-car units and with each train able to carry up to 1,500 passengers. The trains will also include air-conditioning, interconnecting walk-through carriages and will have been designed with an emphasis on energy-efficiency and intelligent on-train energy management systems.
Also incorporated are technologically advanced condition-based maintenance systems including the BOMBARDIER ORBITA predictive maintenance capability and Automated Vehicle Inspection System. These extra cars will be added to the 585 cars already in production in Derby for the Elizabeth line and are scheduled to enter service by the end of 2019.
The Class 345 trains for the Elizabeth line are already in regular passenger service for TfL Rail between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, undertaking driver training operations on the Great Western lines from the new Old Oak Common depot, and are undergoing testing operations in both in the central tunnel and on the Heathrow branch.