Alstom to supply 54 additional Coradia Stream “Pop” regional trains to Trenitalia

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Alstom has been awarded four contracts totalling around €330 million by Trenitalia, the Italian national train operator, for the supply of 54 Coradia Stream regional trains. The trains are destined for the Italian regions of Abruzzo (4 trains), Liguria (15 trains), Marche (4 trains) and Veneto (31 trains) as part of the framework agreement signed in 2016 between Alstom and Trenitalia (1). The 54 additional trains add to the 47 trains already ordered by the Emilia Romagna region in 2016.

Alstom’s Coradia Stream for Trenitalia, dubbed “Pop” by the customer, is the latest generation of trains designed for regional and intercity lines. Coradia Stream is an Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) with maximum speed of 160 km/h in the regional version. The train ordered by Trenitalia can transport more than 300 passengers seated, offering easy accessibility thanks to its low floor. Designed to be eco-friendly, the train is 95% recyclable.

“We are very pleased that Trenitalia and Abruzzo, Liguria, Marche, Veneto have renewed their confidence in Alstom’s Coradia range of regional trains and we hope to get on board with other regions. The “Pop” is proving to be widely appreciated by local authorities and by passengers, who got a glimpse of it in full-scale mock-up form during a recent roadshow,” said Michele Viale, Managing Director Alstom in Italy.

Coradia Stream can be easily customised to different services. Interior layouts and seating arrangements can be modified, to provide for example, more seats for longer journeys, or fewer seats and more standing room for shorter trips. The cars’ interior layout can be adapted to seasons and specific needs: it is possible to add bicycle or ski racks, electric sockets, Wi-Fi connection, vending machines for drinks and snacks, multimedia areas, areas for working or relaxation. Aboard the Coradia Stream, comfort, space, and light are maximised by larger windows, while advanced services, such as infotainment, audio and video feeds and a live video surveillance system, ensure comfort and security.

The Coradia Stream “Pop” trains are manufactured by Alstom in Italy. Project development, most of the manufacturing and certification are performed at Alstom’s site in Savigliano, Cuneo. Design and manufacturing of the traction systems and auxiliary switches takes place at the Sesto San Giovanni plant (Milan), and the on-board signalling systems are delivered by the Bologna site.
(1) A frame agreement for the supply of 150 medium-capacity regional trains including a first firm order of 47 trains was signed in August 2016 between Alstom and Trenitalia.

YIT, Pöyry and VR Track signed an alliance contract on the development phase of the second part of the Tampere light rail project

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YIT, Pöyry Finland and VR Track have signed an alliance contract with the City of Tampere and Tampereen Raitiotie Oy on the development phase of the second part of the Tampere light rail project. The project will be performed using the alliance model, where YIT, Pöyry and VR Track provide the services ordered by the City of Tampere and Tampereen Raitiotie Oy. In the alliance model, the client, designers and contractors cooperate throughout the project.

The development phase is estimated to be completed by the end of 2020, and its cost estimate is EUR 2.9 million. In the development phase, the best possible solutions to support the construction of the rail line between Pyynikintori and Lentäväniemi are reviewed. The rail line will be designed and constructed in cooperation with the city’s residents, communities, companies and property owners. The order of the development phase was registered in the first quarter of 2018.

“The development of growing urban environments is strategically important to YIT. Regarding the implementation of projects, we want to be involved in the development of more cooperative implementation models. In the Tampere light rail project, both of these aspects are realised. The cooperation between the parties in the alliance in earlier phases of the project has already shown its capabilities, and it is great that we can continue this in the development phase of the western section as well,” says YIT Vice President Jarkko Salmenoja.

“The second part of the Tampere light rail project is an interesting and challenging urban light rail project, where the alliance can now take full advantage of the experiences of the first part. At Pöyry, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer our infrastructure expertise in the second part of this project as well,” says Mikko Inkala, Business Unit President at Pöyry in charge of infrastructure business in Northern Europe.

“VR Track is seeking growth in the light rail and urban environment sectors. We are very excited to be involved in the second part of the project that provides strong support for the development of the Tampere region. We have excellent resources to guarantee success, as our designers can take advantage of the experiences in the first phase and receive immediate feedback and development ideas from on-going construction projects,” say VR Track Vice President, Consulting, Harri Yli-Villamo and Vice President, Construction, Jouni Kekäle.

The preliminary schedule for the construction of second part of the light rail line is in 2021–2024. It will expand the rail network from the city centre to Lentäväniemi.

In the currently ongoing first part of the project, a 15 km rail line will be constructed from city centre to Hervanta and the Central Hospital, and a depot will be constructed in Hervanta.

New Intercity Express trains arrives in Inverness

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  • Next generation Intercity Express train arrives at Inverness depot for testing for the first time, ahead of trains carrying Scottish passengers later this year
  • Passengers will benefit from more reliable services with the introduction of modern trains and the £5 million invested by Hitachi Rail in the depot as part of the government-led Intercity Express Programme.
  • Modern trains will offer more seats, more legroom and better on-board technology, including fast Wi-Fi
  • Faster acceleration will reduce journey times to the rest of the UK

A new Intercity Express train has arrived in Inverness depot for the first time today, ahead of improving passenger journeys when they enter service later this year.

The Hitachi-built train, which will offer customers more seats, space and improved on-board technology, is doing test runs in Scotland and giving depot staff the chance to familiarise themselves with the train.

A £5 million investment has been made at Inverness depot, by Hitachi Rail through the government-led Intercity Express Programme, to allow the trains to be serviced and maintained using modern technology, this in turn will mean more reliable, delay-free journeys for passengers.

New fleet of Intercity Express trains in Scotland

The new train, which draws from world leading Japanese bullet train technology, is the first of a fleet of 65 Intercity Express trains that will run from Inverness and Aberdeen, via Edinburgh, to London.

The trains will offer customers far more seats – with up to 81 extra per train – as well as more legroom and space for luggage and bicycles.

Passengers will also benefit from new on-board technology, including faster Wi-Fi, and a traffic-light style seat reservation system.

In a first for a UK passengers, the Intercity Express trains , which are already in operation on the Great Western Mainline, are a hybrid. They can run on either electric or diesel power, meaning they are both more flexible and better for the environment.

Under electric power the trains will produce no emissions and have a maximum speed of 125mph. Yet, even in diesel mode, harmful emissions, like PM10 and NOx, will be reduced by up to 90%, compared to older trains (like the 40 year-old HST).

Hitachi Rail’s wider investment in Scotland

The new trains and depot infrastructure are being built as part of the UK Government-led £5.7bn Intercity Express Programme that is also supported by Hitachi’sinvestment in their £82m purpose-built factory at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

A further £20 million is being invested in depots across Scotland, at sites including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness, to maximise the reliability of trains for passengers.

This will see upskilling of depot staff and the installation of new technology to allow the trains to be maintained and serviced in Scotland for 27½ years.

The move will also see around 300 people employed in depots in across the country and a renewed focus on bringing new talent into the industry.

The Intercity Express trains that are due to run on the East Coast Main Line are just one of three different fleets that Hitachi is building for Scotland.

There are also 70 Class 385 electric commuter trains, which will run between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and 19 Transpennine Express trains that will connect Northern England with major cities in Scotland.

Andy Rogers, Intercity Express Programme Director, at Hitachi Rail said:

“We’ve beaten the snow and the so-called ‘beast from the east’, with the train completing its test run from Edinburgh to Inverness successfully.

“Having the train at the depot, with its new £5m investment, is an important milestone for the project and it means the start of service is a step closer for people in Scotland.

“Later this year, trains will make it easier and more pleasant for passengers to travel around the country, boosting leisure journeys, connectivity and local economies.”

Rail Minister Jo Johnson said:

“We are investing in the biggest modernisation of our railways since the Victorian era to give passengers what they want – more frequent services and quicker journeys.

“The new state-of-the-art Intercity Express fleet provide more space, more comfort and more reliability for passengers on the East Coast Line when they are introduced later this year, with 65 new trains and nearly 500 new carriages running between London and Scotland. These trains are part of the £5.7bn Intercity Express Programme that will bring in modern faster trains across the country.”

Work begins on new futuristic train fleet for TransPennine Express

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  • Production of new intercity trains connecting northern England and Scotland has started with exclusive images released
  • 19 new five carriage trains harnessing Japanese bullet train technology to enter service in 2019
  • This is the third fleet being built for TransPennine Express. Together, these will provide 13million more seats per year
  • Customers to benefit from more seats, faster journey times and improved comfort with more legroom

TransPennine Express customers are a step closer to experiencing brand new, high quality trains as Hitachi begins work an intercity fleet to start service in 2019.

Production work has begun on two test trains in Japan which will arrive in the UK next year*.

The modern Japanese bullet train inspired fleet is being built by Hitachi and financed by Angel Trains.

The trains will be maintained at Hitachi’s newly built £80million depot in Doncaster, home to 250 employees and four apprentices. Long-term jobs will also be secured at existing depots in Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinburgh, which all play a role in maintaining the trains.

Investment in the trains and new depot come alongside the Great North Rail Project, which will upgrade key parts of the route to enable better services.

Modern trains for iconic Pennines route

From 2019 this fleet will connect major cities in the North of England and Scotland and will run from Manchester and Liverpool, across the iconic Pennines to cities such as Leeds, York, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

The trains will provide 161 additional seats compared to the existing trains on the popular intercity route. Customers will benefit from spacious carriages, providing extra legroom and additional luggage space.

Each new train will offer fast, free Wi-Fi in both Standard and First Class as well as complimentary on-board entertainment system, Exstream, allowing customers to stream the latest movies and TV shows during their journey.

Lighter and greener hybrid trains

Hitachi is using its famous Japanese-bullet train technology to make the new fleet light and aerodynamic. The 19 trains will all be hybrid, meaning they can switch seamlessly mid-journey between electric and diesel power. The trains, able to run in either five or ten carriage formation, are capable of speeds of up to 140mph in electric mode and 125 mph using diesel engines.

By using modern MTU engines from Rolls-Royce, the trains will cut harmful emissions under diesel power by up to 90%.

David Hoggarth, Director for Rail North, said:

“These trains are game-changers. Fast efficient travel on trains fit for purpose will open up rail to new users in the business and leisure sector and is one of the key components required for growing the Northern economy through enhanced connectivity, This is great news for the North and demonstrates that visionary franchise agreements can really deliver.”

Berry Sas, Projects Director for Hitachi Rail Europe said:

“Millions of journeys along the popular transpennine route will be transformed once these pioneering intercity trains are introduced into service.

“We have invested £80million in a state-of-the-art depot in Doncaster to ensure these new trains are running in top condition for each and every journey.”

TransPennine Express Managing Director Leo Goodwin said: “The construction of our third, brand new fleet of trains is tremendously exciting news for customers.

“Once in service in 2019, these will be some of the most advanced trains in the UK and coupled with the other new trains we are having built, will provide an additional 13million seats a year.

“We are committed to supporting the northern economy and are pleased that the fleet, which will be maintained at locations across the north and in Scotland will be supporting 250 long-term jobs”

Malcolm Brown, Chief Executive Officer for Angel Trains said:

“We are delighted that work has begun on these modern, efficient and fast trains, moving Angel Trains a step closer to the delivery of this fleet. Once delivered in 2019, hundreds of thousands of TransPennine Express passengers throughout the franchise period will enjoy a transformed northern inter-city travel experience. This will include a reliable, WIFI-enabled service, delivering travellers quickly and seamlessly to their destination, regardless of whether the route is electrified or unelectrified.

By procuring, financing and leasing these new bi-mode trains, Angel Trains has demonstrated its commitment to both northern investment and providing value to customers, bringing improved travel and more jobs to the region.

We have already invested over £5.0 billion in the UK rail industry and, working with our partners in the industry, we look forward to continuing to make further significant investments in rolling stock in future.”

*Notes on testing and manufacturing

The new fleet of Hitachi intercity trains (Class 802) were ordered by FirstGroup for TransPennine Express in 2016.

The trains will be built across Hitachi’s global manufacturing sites.

The first two trains to be built in Japan are test trains (802201 & 802202). Testing in the UK will begin in summer 2018 ahead of the trains entering passenger service in December 2019.

Hitachi Rail Europe: Virgin Azuma train debuts in Highlands

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Hitachi built Azuma train travelling past Gleneagles, Scotland

-Iconic train passes through one of most scenic routes on UK rail network
-Azuma set to transform cross-border services for five of Scotland’s cities
-£18m investment in Scottish depots by train manufacturer Hitachi

Virgin’s state-of-the-art Azuma train made its inaugural visit to the Highlands this weekend as preparations to transform cross-border rail services gather pace.

The iconic train, which takes its name from the Japanese word for “east”, will be rolled out on Virgin Trains’ east coast from next year, ushering in a new era of comfort and style for rail passengers.

It passed through some of the most iconic scenery on the UK rail network as it journeyed north of Edinburgh to Inverness on Friday afternoon for the first time, before travelling back to a depot in Doncaster in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The test run by manufacturer Hitachi is part of a programme to prepare Scotland for the 65-strong Azuma fleet. The first of these will enter service in December 2018 as part of a two-year rollout programme, with Azuma services due to operate from five of Scotland’s seven cities from 2019.

The Azuma is set to be one of the most advance passenger trains on the UK rail network, able to accelerate faster than existing trains and providing more comfort and space inside.

Hitachi is building the new trains at their factory in the North East of England (Newton Aycliffe, County Durham), home to 1000 train builders including 50 apprentices.

The firm has invested £18 million to modernise depots at Aberdeen, Inverness and Edinburgh to ensure they are able to service the new fleet, securing long-term engineering jobs at all three locations.

Virgin Trains operates half-hourly services between Edinburgh and London for most of the day, with four additional services running to Aberdeen and one train a day, the Highland Chieftain, serving Stirling, Perth and Inverness.

Andy Rogers, Programme Director for Hitachi Rail Europe, said: “Our rigorous test programme is moving apace ahead of the trains entering service next year. Over the next twelve months, passengers and enthusiasts will be seeing plenty more of our British-built Azuma trains testing in Scotland.”

UK Government Rail Minister Paul Maynard said: “We want to put passengers at the heart of everything we do and the £5.7bn government-led investment in a new fleet of state-of-the-art intercity trains is important step in achieving that. This test run is a key milestone in the introduction of the fleet on the East Coast Main Line and it will mean more space, more comfort and more reliability for passengers up and down the country.”

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands in Scotland, said: “It is very encouraging to see the new Virgin Azuma train visit Inverness, moving it another step closer to service introduction. The new fleet will offer cross-border passengers more capacity and the modern facilities we all now demand. The Scottish Government’s £5bn investment in the rail network is making a real difference across the country and I know developments like this make train travel a more attractive choice across the North and East of Scotland. This, in turn, can help drive the modal shift to rail as a regular option we are all keen to see delivered.”

David Horne, Virgin Trains Managing Director on the east coast route, added: “Azuma will bring a new era of style in long distance rail travel and we’re excited to see preparations gather pace that will help transform services for passengers across Scotland.”

 

Alstom to deliver 3 more trains to Östgötatrafiken

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Alstom will supply three more Coradia Nordic trains to Östgötatrafiken in addition to their current fleet of 15. The new trains will be delivered in spring 2019. The trains will be built in Alstom’s site in Salzgitter, Germany.

The Coradia Nordic train delivered to Östgötatrafiken consists of four cars, is 74 meters long in total, and has a capacity for up to 510 passengers. The train will run at a maximum speed of 160 km/h. The Coradia family is characterized by modularity, safety and performance, more than 97% of of the train is recyclable.

Alstom is currently delivering an addiditonal 30 trains to Skånetrafiken and these new units for Östgötatrafiken will be an add-on to that production line notably regarding the car body shell production.

” I am very proud that our trains are to the full satisfaction of our customer, and that Östgötatrafiken now chose to increase their fleet of Coradia Nordics, co-producing with Skänetrafiken ,” says Björn Asplund, Managing Director for Alstom in Sweden.

Since 2002, 280 regional Coradia EMU [1] single deck trains have been sold in the Nordic region. In total, more than 3,000 regional trains have been sold in Europe, and they are currently running in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

 


[1] Electric Multiple Unit

New Caledonian Sleeper carriages on the road to Velim

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In a major programme milestone, the first of the 75 new carriages for the iconic Caledonian Sleeper service have arrived at the Velim test centre in the Czech Republic, where they are to undergo several weeks’ testing.

Five carriages, two seated, one Club and two sleeper, were despatched earlier this month from the factory in Beasain, northern Spain where the new fleet is being manufactured and assembled for Serco by CAF. They were transported by road from the CAF factory to Hendaye station in France where they started their rail transit to the Czech Republic.

Dynamic testing will start in the near future at Velim Test Centre and will last several weeks. Once these tests are successfully completed, the carriages will then be moved from Velim to Polmadie in Glasgow, UK via the Channel Tunnel.  The UK test programme is expected to start before the end of the year, initially with static and locomotive interface testing, progressing later to dynamic testing.

Serco committed to the introduction of the new fleet when it won the contract in 2014. It represents an investment of over £100m, part-funded by a £60m capital grant from Scottish Ministers, and when introduced in 2018 it will bring new standards in guest comfort.

Commenting on the start of the Czech trials, Peter Strachan, Serco’s Chairman, UK Rail, said: “It’s great to see the first of the new carriages on the move. To design, build and introduce a new fleet of rail sleeper coaches is extremely challenging and complex. Achieving this milestone is entirely due to the professionalism of the Serco team and everyone involved across the rail industry. We still have a lot of work to do to successfully bring the new sleeper fleet into service next year, but I am really excited about the quality of experience we will be able to offer our guests when it arrives.”

The carriages will offer four innovative ways to travel in comfort on the Sleeper service – reclining seats, berths, en-suite berths and luxurious ensuite double rooms for couples. The service will also include a Brasserie style Club Car for dining. Other new features being introduced include a hotel style key-card entry system to rooms, phone and gadget charging facilities for all guests and on-board WiFi. The new look and feel of the carriages has been overseen by award winning Scottish interior designer Ian Smith, with the patterns reflecting a contemporary Scotland theme.

Serco began operating the Caledonian Sleepers rail franchise for Scottish Ministers in April 2015 and has already brought in many improvements to the current fleet. These have included opening a new Guest Services Centre in Inverness; a new booking website allowing guests to book up to 12 months in advance; new bedding with more comfortable pillows and duvets; new customer sleep packs – upgraded dining options with seasonal local produce menu; procurement that focuses on Scottish food and drink sourced from local suppliers; new smart branding with new uniforms; on board events and a new on-board magazine.

 

New Intercity Express Trains for Devon and Cornwall begin testing

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Class 802 at Stoke Gifford (Bristol) depot

Passengers in the South West are a step closer to experiencing new trains as Hitachi begins testing the Class 802 fleet.

On Tuesday 8th August, the first of Great Western Railway’s Intercity Express Trains for Devon and Cornwall carried out test runs in Somerset, between Bruton and Cogload.

Two more trains are due to arrive in the South West within the coming weeks as part of a comprehensive test programme.
Modern trains designed for Devon and Cornwall

From 2018 this fleet of Class 802 Intercity Express Trains, which is being financed by Eversholt Rail, will connect London Paddington to Exeter, Plymouth, Penzance and many more communities.

Part of GWR’s new Intercity fleet, the 36 Class 802s are fitted with bi-mode technology, allowing trains to use both diesel and electric power, ensuring passengers experience new trains as soon as possible.

Passengers will benefit from more seats, better on-board facilities and shorter journey times.

The Intercity Express Train is also designed to withstand the region’s variable weather conditions, including routes along the Dawlish coast. These new trains harness Hitachi’s Japanese bullet train technology and will offer a step-change in the journey experience for passengers.

Berry Sas, Projects Director at Hitachi Rail Europe, said:
“This is an exciting milestone for our team as we ensure the trains are delivered on time and in top condition. Passengers and enthusiasts will be able to catch glimpses of the new trains as they begin regular test runs in the region”

Mark Hopwood, Managing Director of GWR, said:
“We know how important the railway is to the economies and communities of the South West, and the start of testing today marks another milestone in delivering the improvements we know our passengers wish to see.

“These trains will help us deliver faster, more frequent services into the South West, each providing up to a fifth more seats per train.”

Wilhelmshaven reinforces rail link to the Rhine-Ruhr region

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EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven has extended its rail connections to the Rhine-Ruhr region. As of now, container trains will operate once weekly between EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven and Container Terminal Dortmund. The Rhine-Ruhr region is one of Germany’s most important economic centres with a high foreign trade share and is among the world’s major metropolitan regions. Besides connections to the Europe-wide rail network, Dortmund’s port is linked to all major German and European inland ports via the canal network. In April, duisport already established a weekly connection between Wilhelmshaven and Duisburg Port. Rail services to and from the container port in Wilhelmshaven have been massively extended since April 2017. In the meantime, Rail Terminal Wilhelmshaven handles up to 25 container trains a week. For an overview of all rail connections, go to www.eurogate.eu.

Container Terminal Dortmund operates two terminals in Dortmund for the combined transport of goods. The terminal went into operation in early 2016 and has four tracks with a length of 724 metres each. The container trains run once a week on Wednesdays (at 5.00 h) from Dortmund and on Thursdays (at 2.30 h) from Wilhelmshaven. The trains each have a freight capacity of 100 standard containers (TEUs).

Bombardier Wins Major Rail and Maintenance Contract in the UK

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  • Contract for 750 cars is the largest AVENTRAtrain order ever
  • AVENTRA train designed to help FirstGroup and MTR deliver greater passenger capacity and comfort on the South Western network

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has signed a contract with FirstGroup and MTR to supply and maintain 750 BOMBARDIER AVENTRA vehicles, for operation on the South Western franchise in the United Kingdom. This is the largest ever single contract globally for AVENTRA trains.

The contract is valued at approximately £895 million GBP ($1.1 billion US, 1 billion euro).  In addition, Bombardier will execute a Technical Services and Spares Supply Agreement (TSSSA) for the duration of the seven year franchise, with an option to extend for 11 periods in line with the existing franchise extension option. The UK-based rolling stock investment consortium Rock Rail will finance the multi-million pound procurement.

Steve Montgomery, First Rail Managing Director said, “We have exciting plans for the South Western rail franchise and these new trains are an important step on the way to delivering an improved journey experience for our passengers.  We know from listening to passengers and stakeholders that alongside improved performance, what they want to see is additional seats and we will deliver this via these state-of-the-art trains.”

Richard Hunter, UK Managing Director, Bombardier Transportation, commented “We are thrilled to have won this important contract.  It demonstrates further confidence placed in this market leading rolling stock, designed and built in Britain.  AVENTRA offers enhanced performance and increased passenger capacity, which will play an important part in helping First/MTR satisfy continued levels of passenger growth on the South Western network.  The contract builds upon our strong credentials, following the selection of AVENTRA for Crossrail and LOTRAIN in London, as well as for the East Anglia franchise.  We look forward to deepening our collaborative relationship with First/MTR.”

In addition to delivering a significant performance increase with innovative energy benefits such as regenerative braking, Bombardier’s new AVENTRA electric multiple unit will transform the passenger experience with features including wide-open gangways between carriages, air conditioning, WiFi, 2 + 2 seating, USB sockets at seat locations, universal toilets and improved passenger information system. The new units will be supplied in both 5-car and 10-car configurations.

The FirstGroup and MTR partnership will take over the South Western franchise on 20 August 2017.  The new trains will operate on the Windsor, Reading and West London suburban routes. The new trains will start to come into service from mid-2019 and will all be in place by December 2020.