Siemens with Cross London Trains has been announced as preferred bidder to provide mega rail project Thameslink’s rolling stock, beating off competition from Bombardier Transportation/Velocity.
This new fleet of trains comprises some 1,200 carriages, which by the end of 2018 will almost double the capacity of Thameslink’s core central London section in the peak periods.
It is a major part of the Government’s commitment to introduce an additional 2,100 carriages on to the rail network by 2019, as announced in November of last year. The new Thameslink fleet is expected to release existing carriages for use elsewhere on the network, particularly as further routes are electrified, for example in the north-west of England and the Thames Valley commuter lines.
Siemens confirmed yesterday that the announcement will create up to 2,000 new jobs in its UK operations and across the UK supply chain in train component manufacturing, with a particular focus in the North East, and in the construction of the depots and subsequent maintenance of the new fleet of trains.