HS2

30.10.18

Future Vivarail Class 230 trains for London Northwestern Railway delayed by technical issues

The delivery of Vivarail’s Class 230 trains for the Marston Vale Line is behind schedule due to “technical issues” and will not be ready for their planned December introduction.

West Midland Trains and Vivarail released a joint statement saying “both partners have worked tirelessly to bring the trains into service for the December timetable change as scheduled,” but technical issues with the first train had a knock-on effect on the rest, delaying the units.

The timetable is due to change on the Marston Vale Line between Bletchley and Bedford in December, with the route forming part of the future East-West Rail service between Oxford, Bedford and eventually Cambridge.

Vivarail said it was “disappointed” that the deadline could not be met and takes full responsibility for the delay, but said it was “confident the full fleet would be ready for service in the New Year.”

London Northwestern Railway (LNR) said its services and the new timetable will continue to run on the Marston Vale Line this December using existing rolling stock.

The head of stations for LNR, Jonny Wiseman, said: “We were disappointed to learn, from Vivarail, that the Class 230 trains for the Marston Vale Line will not be ready for the December 2018 timetable change.

“We want to reassure passengers that we will continue to run the Bedford – Bletchley service with existing trains until the Vivarail units are available.

“The Class 230 programme is an innovative scheme that will deliver many benefits to local rail users. We will continue to support Vivarail in bringing this new concept to the Marston Vale Line.”

Adrian Shooter, CEO of Vivarail, said: “My experience in the rail industry means I am fully aware of the problems that can occur when introducing new trains and that one unforeseen event can easily overturn months or even years of planning.

“That is the case here and at Vivarail we hold our hands up to that fact.

Shooter said, however, that he was confident that his team could deliver the finished trains with minimal delay and allow LNR to bring them into service soon.

“I know that there is a great deal of anticipation to see the Class 230s in service and I am confident that the short wait will be worth it.”

The deal between Vivarail and LNR was officially signed in March, with Vivarail recently unveiling a special livery for the Class 230 trains in August.

 Image credit - Vivarail

Enjoying RTM? Subscribe here to receive our weekly news updates or click here to receive a copy of the magazine!

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Heritage award presented to Network Rail

06/12/2019Heritage award presented to Network Rail

The National Railway Heritage have presented Network Rail with an award for their refurbishment of the South Esk viaduct at Montrose. At the... more >
£350m contract for Hitachi Rail to build new Avanti West Coast trains

06/12/2019£350m contract for Hitachi Rail to build new Avanti West Coast trains

Hitachi Rail awarded a contract worth more than £350m by First Trenitalia, whose new Avanti West Coast rail service starts on the 8th of De... more >
New Northern trains announced across their routes

05/12/2019New Northern trains announced across their routes

Rail operator, Northern, announced yesterday (Dec 4) that more than 50 new northern trains will be in service from Dec 15, with a further 49... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >