Bombardier signs £105m Aventra deal with c2c

Photo: Bombardier.
Photo: Bombardier.

Bombardier has announced a contract worth £105 million (∼€120 million) with Porterbrook and train operator c2c for the supply of 60 Aventras.

The new electric trains – configured into 10 six-car trains – will be built at Bombardier’s Derby facility and delivered by September 2021. The deal also includes eight years of maintenance.

Bombardier Transportation’s UK managing director Richard Hunter said that the Aventras are proving to be “ever more popular” following orders with Crossrail, London Overground, Greater Anglia, South Western Railway and West Midlands Trains.

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He added: “This important contract win demonstrates Bombardier is the first choice when it comes to delivering high quality, transportation products and services, and value-adding long-term solutions for our customers.

“It’s yet another endorsement of our workforce and the quality of the products we design, engineer, manufacture and service in the UK.”

RMT union welcomed the news, which comes days after Bombardier confirmed the order for 333 new trains from West Midlands Trains.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said it was also good news for its members working at Bombardier’s factory in Derby.

He added: “The new contracts will provide safeguards and job security to directly employed staff along with a lifeline to the many hundreds of businesses and thousands of jobs within the supply chain.”

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  1. Best news I have ever heard. About time. Also these new trains could transfer some of the Class 357/0’s to be renumbered as Class 357/3’s and to operate on Fenchurch St-Grays via Rainham and 1tph between Grays and Upminster.

  2. It would be great if it were 60 trainsets as it says but it’s officially six. The six four carriage Class 387/3s should go to GWR when the new Aventras arrive and the GWR Class 387/1s should be renumberd to 387/3s.

  3. Plus as these trains will replace the 6 Class 387/3’s (387301-387306). The Class 387/3’s could end up going to GWR and the entire 45 Class 387/1’s could be reclassified as Class 387/3’s (51 in total) (387301-387351) for GWR as 45 Class 387/1’s (387130-387174) are now operating on Thames Valley services between Paddington and Reading that will be reclassified as 51 Class 387/3’s.

    Or Gatwick Express could transfer the Class 387/3’s to be reclassified as Class 387/2’s making the total fleet of Class 387/2’s on Gatwick Express from 27 to 34 Class 387/2’s (387201-387227 to 387201-387234) on Gatwick Express with the 6 Class 387/3’s transferred from c2c to Gatwick Express.

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