Vivarail has unveiled a new livery for the Class 230 trains that are set to run between Bedford and Bletchley in the UK, following the signing of a deal for the London Northwestern Railway service.
The Class 230 units will be supplied by Vivarail to the operator of the line West Midlands Trains as part of the deal.
Vivarail will provide three two-car trains for the Bedford and Bletchley route.
The newly ordered units will be built at the company’s Long Marston depot in Warwickshire and are expected to enter service in December.
The first unit of the new trains, 230003, is scheduled to undergo testing over the upcoming weeks, while the 230004 and 230005 units will follow the suite thereafter.
West Midlands Trains managing director Jan Chaudry-van-de-Velde said: “I remember these trains from when they were on London Underground, but looking around the units there’s so much new equipment on board that they look and feel like brand new trains.
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“Our new London Northwestern Railway livery is appearing more and more prominently across the network, and we are proud to be able to share this bespoke version of the design for the Marston Vale route.”
The new Class 230 trains will be equipped with universal access toilets, USB sockets and modern ‘airline’ seating.
They will be built to run on diesel but will have the capability to convert to battery units in the future.
The units will also feature solutions to reduce emissions and noise, as well as include engines that can automatically cut-out in stations to ensure passenger comfort and reduce emissions.
The units will comprise lightweight aluminium bodyshell to consume less fuel and offer improved acceleration for fast and comfortable journeys.
The trains are set to be maintained at the Bletchley depot, thereby helping to create new local jobs.