Adtranz wins first big order since rail sell-off

Adtranz of Derby, formerly ABB Transportation, has received its first significant order – worth an estimated £200m over 12 years – for new trains since privatisation of the railway. Prism Rail said on Tuesday it had selected Porterbrook Leasing and Adtranz as preferred suppliers of 44 air-conditioned 25KV electric commuter trains for the London, Tilbury, […]

Adtranz of Derby, formerly ABB Transportation, has received its first significant order – worth an estimated £200m over 12 years – for new trains since privatisation of the railway.

Prism Rail said on Tuesday it had selected Porterbrook Leasing and Adtranz as preferred suppliers of 44 air-conditioned 25KV electric commuter trains for the London, Tilbury, Southend line it took over in May. The trains, made by Adtranz for delivery from 1999, will replace 30-year-old slam-door units.

Seven manufacturers and three leasing companies competed for the contract, with five parties involved in final bids, said Prism.

Adtranz, which received its first order for 1,064 days last autumn for 12 Class 168 diesel multiple units for Chiltern Railways, is in line for another contract for its Metro-Star light rail cars for Bangkok. Another opportunity is a potential £900m order for the West Coast Main Line run by Virgin.

The company employs 4,500 people across the UK and 1,000 at Derby – 30 of which are involved in new train building. `Once the order is confirmed we will probably look to recruit more specialist engineers,’ said a spokeswoman.