Investment approaching a quarter of a billion pounds in passenger rail travel in northern
The official opening of Siemens’ new £30 million train maintenance depot along with the introduction of the first of the £200 million fleet of 51 Siemens-built, 185 Pennine Class trains for First TransPennine Express, took place at the site of the new depot in Ardwick, Manchester.
The project is the result of a partnership between the government, fleet owner HSBC Rail, train manufacturer and maintainer Siemens Transportation Systems and service operator First TransPennine Express.
The Ardwick depot will be complemented later this year by another £10 million maintenance facility currently being built in
Alexander said, “This is great news for passengers in the North of England and I welcome the investment to this region’s railway. The new technology should allow for trains to be maintained to a high standard and raise the quality of rail journeys.”
The Pennine Class 185 trains are being introduced progressively on to the First TransPennine Express network and have been carrying passengers on the
HSBC Rail (UK) is financing the provision of the new trains which will be leased to First TransPennine Express during the life of its eight-year franchise.