Arriva signs £490m rolling stock contract to replace Northern’s Pacers
As part of the new Northern franchise Arriva has appointed Spain’s CAF to build 281 new carriages, based on the Civity platform, to replace the unpopular Pacer trains.
Eversholt Rail will finance the £490m deal, which will see the first of the new trains being delivered by October 2018. It has not been announced exactly where the new trains will be built, though CAF’s European manufacturing capability is virtually all in Spain.
The order is made up of 31 x three-car and 12 x four-car EMUs and 25 x two-car and 30 x three-car DMUs, with all vehicles scheduled to enter service by December 2019.
Last year’s Northern ITT documentation made clear that the new franchisee must modernise the Northern fleet, replacing the Pacers and bringing into service a minimum of 120 new carriages for non-electrified routes.
The ITT for Northern said: “These must be newly-built (not re-using components from existing rolling stock) and, unless the Bidder intends for them to be hauled by a locomotive, must be capable of operating under their own power for significant distances on non-electrified routes.”
Chris Burchell, managing director of Arriva’s UK Trains Division, said: “We are delighted to partner with CAF and Eversholt Rail to meet the high specification and demanding timetable for delivery of the new rolling stock. I hope that today’s announcement once again makes clear our determination to deliver on our promises to passengers.”
The new 100mph CAF trains will include air conditioning, audio and visual on-board passenger information systems, power sockets and tables, cycle racks, toilets, digital CCTV systems, and free wifi for passengers.
Arriva is to start operating the new nine-year Northern franchise from 1 April 2016, which will see extensive investment in new and refurbished trains, as well as extra services and capacity. It was also revealed last week that Alex Hynes will be remaining as Northern’s MD.
Mary Kenny, CEO of Eversholt Rail Group, said: “We are delighted to be supporting CAF and Arriva Rail North with the supply of this new rolling stock for the new Northern rail franchise.
“These new trains will bring much-needed improvements in comfort and capacity for passengers on this important part of the network and we look forward to working with our partners to bring them into service.”
Antonio Campos CAF, S.A. international commercial director for Western Europe, said it was a “fantastic opportunity” for CAF to consolidate its position as one of the leading manufacturers of trains within the very competitive UK market.
Recent CAF orders in the UK have included a contract to supply 75 coaches to Serco Caledonian Sleepers Ltd, the Class 3000 and Class 4000 rolling stock for Translink (Northern Ireland), and the Class 332 EMUs, working alongside Siemens, for Heathrow Express in the late 1990s. Light rail rolling stock has included the Midland Metro and Edinburgh Trams Urbos 3 fleets.
It is understood that CAF's main competition for the order came from Swiss company Stadler.
Arriva was supported through the procurement process by technical consultants, Racon, and legal advisors, Clyde & Co. The DfT was advised by Eversheds, led by Agnes Koko, who said: "Rail services are an important part of the UK’s connectivity and growth and the new Northern franchise will facilitate major investment to further enhance these effects. As a specialist rail lawyer with a particular focus on the rolling stock market I am delighted to have played a role in this important transaction.”