GEC-Alsthom has been chosen as preferred supplier for the largest order for diesel passenger trains since privatisation of the railways.
Worth £64m, the 27 new trains will be manufactured at GEC-Alsthom’s Metro Cammell plant at Washwood Heath, Birmingham. The order includes an option for another 50 trains, potentially worth £118m.
The deal has yet to be signed, but manufacture will start next year, with the trains going into commercial service by 2000 in the North West of England and North Wales. The work will secure 1,800 jobs at Washwood Heath.
The 27 trains will comprise nine three-car 125mph sets, seven three-car 100mph sets and 11 two-car 100mph sets. The 100mph vehicles will be powered by British-built Cummins N14R-Celect engines. Cummins engines for the 125mph units will be made in the US.