A 70:30 joint venture of FirstGroup and MTR took over Britain’s South Western franchise on August 20 from Stagecoach, which has operated the franchise as South West Trains (SWT) since the start of rail privatisation in 1996.
BRITAIN’s Department for Transport (DfT) announced on March 27 that it has selected a 70:30 joint venture of FirstGroup and MTR for a contract to operate the South Western franchise, ousting Stagecoach subsidiary South West Trains, which has operated the franchise since privatisation in 1996.
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.
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 franchise operator South West Trains (SWT) has announced that it has awarded a consortium of British rolling stock engineering consultancy ESG and Danish IT and engineering company Cubris a "multi-million pound" contract to deliver the GreenSpeed Driver Advisory system on 249 of its trains.