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More Desiros on order
20/04/2012 | Channel:
London Midland, First TransPennine Express and Angel Trains Ltd have placed an order worth around EUR 170 million (c. £140 million) with Siemens plc for 20 new Desiro UK electric trains.
The contract includes a maintenance agreement and the electrification of the Siemens depot in Ardwick, Manchester, creating up to 50 jobs.
Ten Class 350/3 electrical multiple units (EMUs) will be used by London Midland to strengthen existing commuter services into London and along the West Coast Mainline. First TransPennine Express will introduce a further ten Class 350/4 EMUs onto services on the West Coast Main Line linking Manchester Airport to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The class 350/3 and class 350/4 fleets are designed for a maximum speed of 110 miles per hour and for operation on a line voltage of 25kV AC. The trains are also capable of feeding the energy created during braking back into the overhead line system and provide driver advisory information to optimise power draw, thereby saving power and reducing CO2 emissions.
The delivery period ranges from the end of 2013 until summer 2014. The four-car electric trains will be maintained at the Siemens depots in Northampton and Ardwick, where Siemens currently employs around