Bombardier secures services contract extension from Arriva CrossCountry

20 October 2020 (Last Updated October 20th, 2020 10:58)

Bombardier Transportation has signed a three-year extension to its Train Services Agreement (TSA) with Arriva CrossCountry in the UK.

Bombardier secures services contract extension from Arriva CrossCountry
Bombardier to maintain Voyager and Super Voyager fleet for Arriva CrossCountry mainline services until 2023. Credit: Bombardier.

Bombardier Transportation has signed a three-year extension to its Train Services Agreement (TSA) with Arriva CrossCountry in the UK.

Extended until 14 October 2023, the TSA has an option of an additional extension of up to one year.

According to the new agreement, Bombardier will continue to maintain, overhaul, service and clean a fleet of 34 class 220 Voyagers and 24 class 221 Super Voyagers.

The Voyagers are owned by Beacon Rail at Bombardier’s Central Rivers depot in Staffordshire and outstations across the CrossCountry network, which runs from Aberdeen, Scotland, to Penzance, Cornwall.

The three-year contract extension is worth £248m ($320m).

Bombardier Transportation president for UK Matt Byrne said, “We are delighted that we have reached an agreement to maintain the Voyager and Super Voyager fleet for Arriva CrossCountry. This important contract extension is a reflection of our excellent relationship with Arriva, and the hard work and professionalism of our Central Rivers team who deliver day in, day out for Britain’s vitally important CrossCountry network.”

Arriva CrossCountry managing director Tom Joyner said: “We’re really pleased to continue our relationship with Bombardier to maintain our Voyager and Super Voyager fleet. The Voyagers are a key part of our fleet, operating across the length and breadth of Great Britain. As a long-distance operator of choice, we have a vital role to play in strengthening our connections between our towns and cities and look forward to working closely with Bombardier to deliver to our customers.”

According to the TSA, Bombardier will undertake maintenance, overhaul and cleaning of the Class 220 and 221 fleets at the Central Rivers depot.  Heavy component maintenance will be undertaken at Bombardier Crewe.