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Alstom unveils new EMU for UK and launches CLever at Railtex

Alstom has unveiled plans to introduce a new regional EMU platform for the UK at this year’s Railtex exhibition, as well as launching its new CLever cantilever for the country’s rail network.

Presenting the new EMU design to the media on its stand at a session entitled ‘A new EMU for the UK’, Alstom revealed that the train, with a modular design, would consist of between four and 11 carriages.

The manufacturer added that the design had been submitted as part of the FirstGroup bid for the Greater Anglia franchise. However, the contract was won by Abellio which elected to purchase Flirt Trains from Stadler and a fleet of Aventra’s from Bombardier.

Alstom, which is now targeting the East Midlands and West Coast Partnership franchises for the vehicles, has previously explained that there is potential to manufacture trains at its new Widnes site in the future if order books justify the investment. The technology facility and training academy in Widnes is set to open this summer.

As a reference train, the company is using a five-car unit that has the capacity to carry up to 500 passengers.

In addition to unveiling the rolling stock, Alstom presented its new CLever cantilever following approval of the new electrification system for UK use by Network Rail.

CLever is an innovative cantilever for main-line railway which offers high adjustability, easy installation and maintenance. It is also compatible with Network Rail’s Series 2 and Master Series range of electrification equipment.

Steve Cox, engineering and technical director at Alstom UK & Ireland, said: “We are tremendously excited to be able to launch CLever cantilever for the UK network, which is part of Alstom’s range of innovative rail solutions.

“This solution is more affordable and safer than conventional ones. With electrification continuing to be a priority for the UK network, CLever’s high adjustability, easy installation, reduced weight and easy maintenance, mean it can play an important role in achieving our electrification targets.”


Andrew Gwilt   10/05/2017 at 20:22

In that case. Why not allow Alstom to build new EMU trains for Greater Anglia that could operate on the Great Eastern: London Liverpool Street-Southend Victoria, Braintree, Clacton-on-Sea, Ipswich, Chelmsford and Colchester routes aswell Essex's branch lines including Colchester-Walton-on-the-Naze, Wickford-Southminster, Colchester-Colchester Town and Manningtree-Harwich Town as Bombardier are to build the EMU Aventra's for West Anglia: London Liverpool St-Hertford East, Cambridge and King's Linn routes, Mainline: London Liverpool St-Norwich intercity service and Stansted Express: Liverpool St-Stansted Express service and Stadler to build the Bi-Mode Flirts for Regional branch lines in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire aswell the Marks Tey-Sudbury line in Essex and to operate between Liverpool St-Lowestoft. Also Stansted Express or Greater Anglia may operate the new Norwich-Stansted Airport, Ipswich-Stansted Airport and Peterborough-Stansted Airport services via Cambridge.

Andrew Gwilt   10/05/2017 at 20:23

Correction-Airport* as I missed out.

David   11/05/2017 at 13:44

What? Greater Anglia has signed contracts with Bombardier and Stadler. Why do we suddenly need to 'allow' Alstom to build another fleet. The Norwich intercity and Stansted Express services will be a Stadler FLIRT fleet, not Aventras.

Jimbo   11/05/2017 at 17:28

@Andrew Gwilt - Why do you feel the need to type out all the Greater Anglia lines ? If anyone is interested, they can look them up. Anway, Greater Anglia have already bought all the their new trains, so why would they be interested in a new and untested design ?

Simhedges   11/05/2017 at 19:48

Oh please can we have this cantilever instead of the awful thick metal bars installed as part of the Crossrail electrification.

Andrew Gwilt   11/05/2017 at 20:46

@David & Jimbo.Ok I am wrong and you guys are correct. GA are ordering the Stadler Flirts and Bombardier Aventras. And yes Alstom are still in progress on manufacturing their brand new trains that could be built for other train operators such as Southwestern Trains and Southern to replace the Class 455's, Class 456's and Class 313's. And Alstom could also manufacture new trains for Scotrail to replace the Class 314's and Class 318's. Depends on if other manufacturers are also planning to build new trains for Scotrail as Hitachi are already manufacturing the new Class 385's for Scotrail.

David   13/05/2017 at 22:13

Alstom are not manufacturing any rolling stock for the UK at the moment. They have not been awarded any contracts.

Andrew Gwilt   15/05/2017 at 02:59

Ah but Alstom have already manufactured and built the London Underground 1995 and 1996 tube stocks for the Northern Line and Jubilee Line and also have built the Class 175 "Coradia" DMU, Class 180 "Adelante" DMU and Class 390 "Pendolino" EMU rolling stocks.

Andrew Gwilt   15/05/2017 at 03:03

As well Class 334's, Class 458's and Class 460's (which were used on Gatwick Express before taken off for conversion into 5-car Class 458's) London Underground

David   15/05/2017 at 12:17

I know that Alstom (and before them, Metro-Cammell) has manufactured rolling stock at Washwood Heath in the past. What I'm saying is that they don't have any contracts at the moment. Although it's interesting to note that they will be responsible for maintenance of the new CAF-built fleets for Northern and TPE.

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