Spanish train manufacturer CAF has signed a €200m contract with Serco Caledonian Sleepers for the construction of 75 rolling stock coaches, in addition to related spares and technical support.
Under this contract, CAF will manufacture five kinds of coaches for four trains with 16 coaches. The remaining 11 coaches will be provided to the Caledonian Sleeper franchise, which operates the Highland and Lowland services.
The new coaches will offer travel options including en-suite and standard berths, POD and standard seating, as well as enhanced catering and accessibility.
For this project, Scottish Ministers will provide an investment of £60m, while the additional funding will be delivered by Caledonian Sleepers Rail Leasing, a subsidiary of Lombard North Central.
In May last year, Transport Scotland selected Serco Group to handle the new 15-year rail franchise for the Caledonian Sleeper service.
Serco will take charge of the service in April and is expected to launch the new coaches on line in April 2018.
This £800m franchise will be operated separately from the main ScotRail franchise and the service will service will offer connection between London and Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Fort William, Glasgow, Inverness and many other of Scotland’s main towns and cities.
Recently, CAF received an order from the Utrecht Regional Authority (BRU) to provide trams for the new Uithof Line that connects the Central Station with the Utrecht University Campus, the Netherlands.
Under this contract, CAF is responsible for the delivery 27 trams for this €440m light-rail project, which will see the construction of an 8km-long line with nine stations.
Image: The Caledonian Sleeper is part of the ScotRail franchise. Photo: courtesy of Ed Webster.