The final Pendolino coaches of a 1.8 billion euro order have been delivered on to the West Coast Main Line.
In 2008, the Department for Transport (DfT) placed an order with Alstom for four new 11-car Pendolino trains and 62 additional coaches.
The contract included maintenance of all 56 Pendolinos which make up the current fleet.
Virgin Rail, the current operator of the West Coast Main Line, looks set to retain control of the route on a short-term contract while a new franchise process is drawn up.
Since the launch of Alstom’s Pendolino, more than 400 trainsets have been sold around the world.
The Pendolino trains were built at Savigliano’s plant – where the train has been manufactured for more than 30 years.