Bombardier Transportation has signed a contract to supply 665 new Bombardier Aventra vehicles to Angel Trains for operation by Abellio on its East Anglia rail franchise in the UK. 

The latest contract comes after Bombardier was selected as preferred bidder for the £869m rolling stock order announced in August.

As part of a separate £83m contract signed, Bombardier will provide ongoing maintenance services support to Abellio Greater Anglia for the new trains.

Bombardier Transportation Europe, Middle East and Africa president Per Allmer said: “Our modern Aventra platform will greatly improve the journey experience for Abellio Greater Anglia’s customers by delivering an enhanced interior environment and passenger comfort together with greater connectivity, shorter journey times and more reliable trains.

“As a modular train, our Aventra product family offers maximum flexibility and hence has the capability to serve many different market requirements from metro to intercity, both in the UK and worldwide.”

Bombardier’s new Aventra EMU features reduced weight, increased capacity and have been designed to increase performance and passenger experience.

"It will give the people of East Anglia high-quality trains as part of an ambitious transformation of the region’s railway."

Abellio UK managing director Dominic Booth said: “We are pleased to have finalised the agreement with Bombardier as a key part of the largest-ever privately procured train order in the UK.

“It will give the people of East Anglia high-quality trains as part of an ambitious transformation of the region’s railway.”  

In August, the UK Department for Transport announced Abellio as the new operator, which will start running the franchise this month.

The new Aventra trains are expected to be delivered between January 2019 and September 2020.

Together, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Angel Trains will finance the £900m procurement.   


Image: Aventra vehicles will enable Abellio Greater Anglia to increase train frequency and reduce passenger’s journey times. Photo: © Bombardier.