Siemens Transportation Systems (TS) has been awarded 45 million Euros by British airport operator, BAA to supply four Desiro UK type electric regional trains.
The trains will increase the system capacity of the Heathrow Express and serve five new stations in the West London area between Paddington Station and Heathrow Airport.
The order also includes modernisation of a depot in Acton, London, where TS will assume responsibility for servicing and maintaining these new trains in addition to existing vehicles.
The new 20-metre multiple-unit trains are designed to operate on 25 kV single-phase AC at a top speed of 160 km/h.
The new trains are a follow-on order to 14 TS-built Heathrow Express trains that have been in service since 1998. The new multiple-units will be built at the Siemens TS plant in Uerdingen, Germany. They are due to enter passenger service in January 2005.