PR – Transport Scotland, the national transport agency for Scotland, and First ScotRail, the rail operator, have placed an order with Siemens Mobility for the supply of 38 Desiro UK type electric multiple units. The order is worth over 300 million euros (over 240 million pounds sterling) and also includes maintenance and spare parts service. For Siemens’ Rolling Stock Business Unit, this is the first train order ever received from Scotland. And it will raise the number of units in the Desiro fleet in Great Britain to a total of 354. The 38 new trains are due to enter passenger service at the end of 2010 and operate initially between the cities of Ayr and Glasgow.
Of the 38 trains ordered, 22 will be three-car and 16 four-car versions. The three-car Desiro UK can accommodate up to 320 passengers, the four-car version as many as 430. These 9,100 more seats and space for 4,800 standees will increase the passenger capacity of the fleet on the busy commuter routes to and from Glasgow. With a 1550 kW drive rating, the Desiro is designed to run at a top speed of 160 km/h. These trains will be built at the Siemens plant in Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany.
“Our short deliveries combined with our maintenance service and our depot solutions have given us a good reputation among rail operators,” said Christian Roth, Managing Director of Siemens Transportation Systems in Great Britain. “This order marks another major milestone for Siemens and underscores yet again our leading position as supplier to the railways. We look forward together with First ScotRail and Transport Scotland to making progress in this extremely interesting project.”
According to a statement by the association of British railway operators, the Desiro UK type multiple units are the most reliable trains currently running on British tracks. This assessment applies both to the electric and to the diesel-powered versions.