HITACHI announced on April 20 that the first of 19 class 802/2 inter-city trains for First Group subsidiary TransPennine Express (TPE) has left the company’s Kasado plant in Japan on the first leg of its journey to Britain.
THE first class 707 Desiro City suburban EMU being built by Siemens for South West Trains (SWT) has arrived in London. Testing of the first two five-car trains will begin in early 2017 and are due to enter service in April between London Waterloo and Windsor.
HACKTRAIN’s third annual hackathon, which seeks to solve issues within the rail industry through innovation, took place from November 4-6 on two separate journeys, one across Britain and another across Europe.
ANGEL Trains announced on September 30 that it has concluded a contract with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to finance a £900m order for Bombardier EMUs, which are being procured as part of Abellio’s successful bid for Britain’s East Anglia franchise.
SIEMENS has fabricated the first bodyshell at its Krefeld plant in Germany for the fleet of 30 five-car class 707 Desiro City suburban EMUs ordered last year by rolling stock leasing company Angel Trains on behalf of British train operator South West Trains (SWT).
BRITISH rolling stock leasing company Angel Trains announced on August 18 that two of its existing shareholders, Australian pension fund AMP Capital Investors and PSP Investments, Canada, have acquired the entire stake previously held by Arcus European Infrastructure Fund.
BRITAIN's Rolling Stock Strategy Steering Group (RSSSG) chaired by Mr Richard Brown has published its third annual update of its passenger rolling stock strategy for the next 30 years which calls for the national fleet to be expanded by between 52% and 99% to meet growing demand.