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Siemens to supply 37 trains to Porterbrook

08/26/2007 AT 09:31

Porterbrook will lease these EMUs to the rail operator Govia, who was recently awarded the West Midlands franchise. The total order is worth over €240 million. The new vehicles will operate at speeds up to 160 km/h on the London to Birmingham route, the busy West Coast Main Line.

The Porterbrook order underscores the strong position held by Siemens TS in Great Britain and marks yet another success for the Desiro UK regional train platform, raising the number of these platform-based multiple units to more than 300. Delivery of the new Desiro trains is scheduled to start in October 2008. The 4-car units are to be built at the Siemens plant in Krefeld.

Hans M. Schabert, president of Siemens Transportation Systems, described the joint effort with Porterbrook and Govia “as an excellent basis to once again put the proven reliability of our Desiro trains to the test.” And he emphasized: “We are pleased to be able to offer the operators and passengers of the strategically important West Midlands franchise multiple-unit trains that combine economic efficiency and riding comfort to a high degree.”

Paul Francis, managing director of Porterbrook, said: “With this contract we have the opportunity to work with another proven manufacturer in Siemens to deliver a high quality train to enhance the traveling experience for the passengers of our associate Govia.”

Tom Smith, Managing Director Rail Development, said: “We are looking forward to taking delivery of these new trains. They will transform the traveling experience of passengers using the longer-distance routes on the new London Midland franchise and play a key part in enabling us to meet our targets for continuous improvement in punctuality and reliability.”

Rail Minister Tom Harris said: "Delivering new rolling stock was a key element of the new West Midlands franchise and I'm sure these new Desiros will prove very popular with passengers. The other benefit of this agreement is that it will free up existing rolling stock so that we can employ it elsewhere on the network, thereby boosting capacity across the country."

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