Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a contract valued at £227million for trains to be used by the UK train operator, Connex South Eastern.
This order includes the manufacture of 180 Suburban Electrostar cars adapted to the South London operation, valued at approximately £132 million, and a 30-year maintenance agreement valued at £95 million.
The trains will be manufactured at Bombardier Transportation’s production facility in Derby, UK and delivered as five-car units.
Deliveries will commence July 2004 running through to December 2004. These additional units will mean that Connex will have enough carriages to ensure replacement of slam-door stock in line with government legislation.
All maintenance work will be carried out by a joint venture company between Bombardier Transportation and Connex, South Eastern Train Maintenance Limited (SETML).
Bombardier’s share of the maintenance contract is for technical support and material supply. Connex will provide the workforce. Currently, plans are scheduled for the work to take place at Connex’ Slade Green depot in the South London area.