Alstom inks deal for 10 Aventra trains for Elizabeth Line

Aventra Elizabeth line (Image: Alstom/Simon Coult)
Aventra Elizabeth line (Image: Alstom/Simon Coult)

French train manufacturer Alstom has signed a contract worth €430 million to supply 10 Aventra trains and the associated maintenance for the Elizabeth Line in London.

The train units will be built at Alstom’s facility in Derby and like the existing fleet, each train will consists on nine cars.

Since it opened in 2022, the Elizabeth Line has experienced demand ahead of expected levels and the current 70 strong fleet of trains will not be able to meet demand towards the end of this decade and beyond 2030 prompting the fleet expansion.

The Elizabeth Line (formerly known as Crossrail) was built as a hybrid urban-suburban rail link and runs across London spanning from Reading in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.

Nick Crossfield, Managing Director UK and Ireland at Alstom, said: “We are delighted to now have a confirmed workload for Derby Litchurch Lane and our supply chain across the UK.”

Alstom’s facility in Derby is the only UK facility that designs, engineers, builds and tests trains for domestic and export markets.

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