16 APRIL 2018
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Transport for London has awarded Bombardier Transportation a contract to supply a further five nine-car Class 345 Aventra electric multiple-units for use on the Elizabeth Line, taking its total order to 70 trainsets.
The order includes an expansion of the existing train services agreement to cover the additions, which takes the total value of the contract to £73m. The extra vehicles, scheduled to enter service by the end of 2019, will follow 585 Aventra cars which Bombardier’s Derby plant is already producing.
TfL managing director for London Underground and the Elizabeth Line Mark Wild said the additional trains would allow TfL to serve all the terminals at Heathrow and provide an increased frequency when the line is fully open in December 2019.
Bombardier Class 345 EMUs are currently in passenger service between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield, are being used for driver training on the Great Western lines and are undergoing testing in the Crossrail project’s central tunnel and on the Heathrow branch.
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