Alstom brings new EMU product to UK market


Alstom is using the UK rail trade fair Railtex to present its new regional EMU train platform for the UK.

The new AC electric multiple unit (EMU) design was submitted by Alstom as part of FirstGroup’s bid for the Greater Anglia franchise competition – a contest which was eventually won by Abellio and its preferred rolling stock supplier, Stadler.

The company is now eyeing opportunities with the West Coast Partnership and East Midlands franchises.

Alstom said the new platform would be a pure EMU, adding that it had no plans to develop a bi-mode option and instead is focussing on developing hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Presenting the platform to media representatives today (May 9) Alstom said that a UK manufacturing base could be used to build the trains if future orders justified the investment. The company’s new technology centre in Widnes, in particular, has scope for expansion.

The new UK EMU has a modular design and will consist of between four and 11 carriages. The car bodies will be constructed from welded extruded aluminium shells and use inner frame bogies. Speeds will vary between 90, 100, 125 and, potentially, 140mph (225km/h).

Alstom is using a five-car unit as its reference train. The five-car version will have the capacity for up to 500 passengers and will include two sets of double-leaf doors per carriage.

Alstom said the new trains would employ smart lighting that indicates to passengers on the platform where space is available on the train.


  1. Well Alstom could soon manufacture new trains to replace the older rolling stocks. Such as the Class 455’s and Class 456’s EMU’s as First+MTR Southwestern rail franchise (Southwestern Trains) are to order 90 brand new trains despite they don’t want the 5-Car Siemens Class 707’s Desiro City which could be used for East Midlands Trains or other train operators. Or to be entirely scrapped.

    Southern could also order new trains to replace the Class 455’s and to replace the Class 313’s used on the West Coastway and East Coastway services.

    Great Northern are ordering the 6-Car Class 717’s Siemens Desiro City to replace the Class 313’s EMU’s used on the Moorgate Line and Hertford Loop services.

    Greater Anglia who are ordering the Bombardier Aventra EMU’s and Stadler Flirt EMU’s and Bi-Mode rolling stocks for West Anglia, Regional, Intercity and Great Eastern routes to replace the current rolling stocks and they too could also order the new Alstom EMU trains for the Great Eastern and West Anglia routes.

    Arriva Northern Trains and First Transpennine Express are ordering new rolling stocks respectively including Northern who are ordering the CAF Civity Class 195’s DMU’s and Class 331’s EMU’s and TPE are ordering the Class 397’s Civity EMU’s to replace the Class 350/4’s and Hitachi Class 802’s Bi-Mode IET’s.

    Great Western Railway (GWR) and Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) are ordering the Hitachi IET Class 800’s and Class 801’s to replace the Class 43 HST’s and Class 91 Mk4’s with GWR currently ordering the Class 387’s for Thames Valley services which some of the Class 387’s have extended their service to Slough and Maidenhead.

    Thameslink are currently getting the Siemens Class 700’s 8-Car and 12-Car Desiro City fleets that most of the Class 700’s are in service and have replaced the Class 377’s and Class 387’s Electrostars to Southern, Southeastern and Great Northern (respectively) and are to replace the Class 319’s as most of the Class 319’s will be transferred to Northern to become “Flex” Bi-Mode trains as some Class 319’s have been transferred to London Midland to work on semi-fast services and the Watford Junction- St. Albans Abbey service as they have replaced the Class 321’s to Scotrail (reclassified as Class 320’s).

    TfL London Overground are to order the Bombardier Class 710’s Aventra’s EMU’s to replace the Class 172’s Turbostar DMU’s on the Gospel Oak-Barking line once electrification is completed and the Class 710’s to replace the Class 315’s and Class 317’s on the Lea Valley metro services and Romford-Upminster shuttle service and Class 378’s on the Euston-Watford DC line.

    TfL Rail (Crossrail/TFL Elizabeth Line) are currently ordering the 7-Car and 9-Car Bombardier Class 345’s Aventra’s to replace the Class 315’s on the Shenfield-Liverpool St service throughout this year and 2018 and to operate between Shenfield-Heathrow Airport and Reading and between Abbey Wood-Reading and Heathrow Airport from late 2019.

    Scotrail are currently ordering the Class 385’s once the Shotts Line is fully electrified between Glasgow and Edinburgh. And to operate on other routes.

    Hull Trains are to order the Hitachi Class 802’s Bi-Mode IET’s to replace the Class 180’s DMU’s that could be transferred to Grand Central. Same with GWR that could transfer the Class 180’s to Grand Central.

    Loads more new trains are planned to be built for the UK.

  2. Whay a pity Arriva Wales does not feature – they do not deserve to get the Wales Franchise again after a dismal 15 years

    I hope someone makes use of the new builds and whoever successfully tenders for the Wales Franchise does not simply accept cast off stock instead

  3. Arriva Trains Wales might order the Class 230’s D-Trains to replace the Class 142’s and Class 143’s Pacers that are used in the Cardiff area and on the Welsh Valley lines in South Wales.

    • That would of course be a start – but as always with Arriva – only helping South Wales
      What about the main North Wales Caost Route ?

  4. Well other train manufacturers such as Bombardier, Siemens, Hitachi, CAF and Stadler as well Alstom could produce and manufacture new trains for South Wales rail lines if some of the suburban lines in and around Cardiff and rural lines outskirts of Cardiff including the Welsh Valley lines could be approved for possible electrification which means that the current rolling stocks including the Class 142’s and Class 143’s Pacer will be replaced by the new rolling stocks for Arriva Trains Wales. And also new trains for North Wales could also be manufactured.

  5. I still think that Arriva Trains Wales will order the Vivarail Class 230’s D-Trains “DEMU’s” to replace the Class 142’s and Class 143’s Pacers in South Wales and GWR could also order the Class 230’s DEMU’s for local lines in Cornwall and Devon and to operate on the proposed Bristol-Portishead line if the line does reopen which could see Class 230’s to operate on that newly rebuilt Portishead branch line.

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