“We have had a long and productive relationship with Siemens Mobility and we are delighted to continue working together with the award of this eight-year contract extension. We are looking forward to Siemens Mobility, Eversholt Rail and TransPennine Express delivering further improvements to one of our key fleets through building upon our strong, collaborative partnership. Suppliers like Siemens are vital in making sure that customers remain at the heart of everything that we do and we are committed to offering the best passenger experience when people choose to travel with us,” said David Walker, Head of Fleet Commercial for TransPennine Express.
“We look forward to
working with TransPennine Trains Limited and Siemens Mobility to continue to
deliver a reliable Class 185 fleet for passengers”, said Paul Sutherland,
Client Services Director at Eversholt Rail.
The €530 million
contract extension will continue to support around 200 jobs across
Siemens Mobility depots in the north of England. Siemens Mobility has been
maintaining the fleet since 2006 and has delivered a programme to provide a
full digital upgrade to the 51-strong fleet leading to improved reliability.
The Class 185s use Siemens Mobility’s cloud
based Railigent X application suite, this means the trains are fitted with
remote condition monitoring which allows the teams to get direct updates on
each train and how it is performing, including any areas that need to be
prioritised for maintenance. The technology
provides updates on individual vehicles as well an accurate picture across
the whole fleet, ensuring the 20-year-old trains can give the best
passenger experience. This technology has meant the train fleet has
performed consistently well, winning industry reliability awards.
Siemens Mobility will work closely with the
operator, TranspennineTrains Limited, and train owner, EversholtRail,
to ensure the continued reliable service of the Class 185s throughout the
extended contract to 2031.
Notes to editors:
- The Class 185s were
manufactured by Siemens Mobility. EversholtRail Leasing own the fleet
which is leased back to the operator, Transpennine Trains
- The maintenance contract has
been awarded by Transpennine Trains Limited.
- The Class 185 fleet has been
awarded a Golden Spanner six times in the last seven years, including at the
most recent awards in November 2022.
- Siemens Mobility operates from around 30 UK locations including 13 train maintenance locations in the UK (Scotland to Southampton), and infrastructure depots.
- Siemens Mobility employs more than 5,000 people in the UK. Operating three manufacturing sites: Chippenham (signaling& Research and Development); Ashby-de-la-Zouch (control systems, customer information systems, telecoms); Goole (trains).
- Siemens Mobility trains make up almost a quarter of UK passenger trains; 572 Siemens trains in service, and the company maintains a total of 587 trains.
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