Abellio selected as preferred bidder for East Anglia Rail Franchise

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We welcome the decision of the Department for Transport (DfT) to select Abellio as Preferred Bidder to run the next East Anglia rail franchise from 16th October 2016.

Abellio’s bid for the East Anglia franchise will deliver a transformation for the passenger.  We will replace every one of the current vehicles with new, modern, high performing trains.  This, coupled with significant journey time improvements, a 55% increase in seats into London in the morning peak and more than a thousand additional train services each week will deliver a step change in what our passengers experience day to day.

Dominic Booth, Managing Director of Abellio UK, said: “This is great news not only for Abellio but for the whole of East Anglia.  We are pleased to become preferred bidder to deliver a transformation in rail services across the region.  It will enable us to build on the successes of the two short East Anglian franchises we have run since 2012, and we commend the DfT on running a transparent and rigorous procurement process.

Our plans will greatly improve our customers’ experience with faster and more reliable journeys on new trains with higher frequencies and reduced journey times, to support the socio-economic well-being of East Anglia, one of the country’s most successful and fastest growing areas.”

Our plans include:

  • £1.5bn investment to replace one of the oldest train fleets in the country with 1,043 completely new electric and bi-mode vehicles by 2020, with additional capacity added and many existing trains refurbished before the
  • 32k more seats into London in the morning peak – up from 58k to 91k (a 55% increase)
  • More trains to more places – 1,144 additional weekday services (an increase of 13%)
  • Improved journey times, including some trains achieving Norwich in 90 minutes and Ipswich in less than 60 minutes
  • Free high quality WiFi on all new and refurbished trains, and at every station
  • Improved punctuality, with PPM improving from 89.7% to 92.9%. Delivered through a more robust timetable, investment in infrastructure, people and process and through an Alliance with Network Rail
  • Investment in the local economy and jobs with £120m spend on depots, including a new maintenance facility at Manningtree
  • We will take on 20 trainees per year, with a minimum of 30 apprenticeships by 2019
  • An investment programme to improve our customers’ journey experience, including: nearly £60m on improving stations, with major schemes at Broxbourne, Cambridge, Cheshunt, Harlow and Southend Victoria; digital customer information screens at all 131 stations; improved ticket offices and more ticket vending machines; and nearly 1,800 additional car parking spaces and 4,000 additional cycle parking spaces.

Abellio orders 43 TALENT 2 EMUs for Baden-Württemberg

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  • Abellio to receive new fleet of regional trains valued at 215 million euro
  • All trains to be equipped with Wi-Fi
  • Another successful tender for Bombardier in Germany’s Baden-Württemberg region

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has won a contract to supply European rail operator Abellio Rail Südwest GmbH with 43 BOMBARDIER TALENT 2multiple unit trains. The order is valued at approximately 215 million euro ($244 million US).

Starting in June 2019, the new electric multiple units will gradually enter passenger operation on the Stuttgart regional network in Baden-Württemberg’s Neckar Valley region in Germany. Bombardier will supply all 43 trains to Abellio by June 2020. The multiple-unit trains will be built at the Bombardier site in Hennigsdorf, Germany and the bogies are to be produced at the Bombardier plant in Siegen, Germany.

“Abellio has already established a long-standing successful collaboration with Bombardier, which we will now continue in the Neckar Valley region network. We consider the company a reliable partner and together with them we will happily provide our passengers with a comfortable and safe travel experience on the way to their destination,” said Abellio CEO Stephan Krenz at an event to mark the contract signing. “With these new vehicles, we also want to set new standards in Baden-Württemberg that attain the same quality of leadership as we have achieved on the North Rhine-Westphalia networks,” explained Krenz.

“This order is a great achievement for Bombardier’s rail business and it also signifies the continuation of our successful and cooperative relationship with Abellio,” said Germar Wacker, President of Mainline and Metros, Central/Eastern Europe at Bombardier Transportation. “We are pleased that Abellio relies on our modern TALENT 2 trains to further expand its mobility offering in Germany. These vehicles feature a high degree of passenger comfort and score points with their strong performance in terms of energy efficiency and reliability.”

The TALENT 2 trains for Abellio will be configured into 24 three-car and 19 five-car train sets, each with 163 or 273 seats respectively. These vehicles will be equipped with Wi-Fi and provide easy access for travellers with limited mobility as well as space for either 24 or 39 bicycles. In total, more than 350 of Bombardier’s TALENT 2 trains are already in service on Germany’s rail network. These trains form the backbone of the German national rail operator Deutsche Bahn’s regional fleet and are also in use by private transport companies such as Abellio, National Express and the Southwestern German Transport Company (SWEG). Thanks to their modular design principle, the TALENT 2 train can be flexibly adapted and used as both commuter and regional transport.

The contract with Abellio is another achievement for Bombardier in the most recent tenders in Baden-Württemberg. The company asserted itself last year as a train supplier for Deutsche Bahn Regio AG with the TALENT 2 trains during the tender for the regional network Gäu-Murr. The so-called “Baden-Württemberg Model” is supporting the vehicle financing for both networks. This arrangement sees the transport company selling the vehicles to the regional rail authority of Baden-Württemberg (Landesanstalt Schienenfahrzeuge Baden Württemberg, SFBW) with the regional rail authority leasing them back to the transport company.