Siemens has been made preferred bidder to supply trains for future intercity services in northern England. The invitation to tender issued by the consortium made up of FirstGroup and Keolis includes 56 diesel multiple-unit trains worth about 360 million Euros. As licensee, First/Keolis will be providing train service on routes in northern England from 2004.
These three-car Desiro type multiple-units, for which the Transportation Systems Group (TS) of Siemens AG has submitted a bid, will be capable of travelling up to of 160 km/h. They will be equipped with an air-conditioning system, modern passenger information systems, closed-circuit TV surveillance system as well as areas reserved for passengers with impaired mobility.
In addition to supplying the rolling stock, Siemens is also the preferred bidder for a deal to maintain, fuel and clean the new trains at two new purpose-built traincare facilities in Manchester and York. The routes will connect the cities of Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, York, Hull, Sheffield and Newcastle.
‘Our growth in Great Britain over the past three years has been most impressive. As a follow-up to the big orders placed by First Great Eastern and South West Trains, this decision is yet again proof of the strong position we hold in the United Kingdom’, commented Hans M. Schabert, President of Siemens Transportation Systems.