The first order, worth £53 million, is for the renovation of 405 high speed train (HST) trailer cars to be used by the operator on their premier services between
This renewal work, to include an extensive interior refresh and an exterior repaint, will be carried out across two of Bombardier’s sites in the
The remaining 111 coaches will be refreshed at Ilford. Delivery of the completed units will commence in November 2006, with all the vehicles renewed by the end of 2007.
The second contract, at a value of up to £85 million, is for HST bogie overhaul and technical development work, to be undertaken throughout the life of the new Great Western franchise, for up to ten years. This work will be carried out at Bombardier’s site in Crewe in the
Alison Forster, Managing Director, First Great Western commented: “This work is part of a wider investment commitment made by First Great Western. We are looking forward to seeing improved levels of passenger comfort and train reliability.”