UK-based South West Trains has signed a contract with Siemens and Angel Trains to deliver a new fleet of trains worth £210m.
A fleet of 30 five-car Desiro City EMU has been ordered that will enter service in 2018 and serve 18,000 extra passengers daily travelling into London Waterloo. A total of 140 jobs are expected to be created.
The new trains will also benefit an additional 6,000 passengers after the upgrade works are complete on the mainline and the Hounslow loop.
This contract is part of a comprehensive five-year plan developed by the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance to transform services for passengers, incorporating longer platforms, full re-opening of platforms at the former Waterloo International Terminal and other associated infrastructure improvements.
It also comes under the South West Trains’ roll-out of a £65m investment in 108 additional refurbished carriages for the network.
South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance chief executive Tim Shoveller said: "As well as providing extra space for passengers using our services now, the combination of investment in the infrastructure and these new trains will create space at Waterloo that is the essential first step to allow an increase in capacity for our longer distance, mainline services."
The second-generation Desiro City trains are similar in style to the Class 700 units and will be used to operate carriage trains on the busy Waterloo to Windsor services.
This will allow the trains across the network to deliver significant extra capacity on other key routes into London Waterloo.
The deliveries of trains will start in 2017 and will be maintained by South West Trains at Wimbledon depot.
Image: An artist’s impression of a Desiro City train. Photo: courtesy of Stagecoach Group.