Agility Trains has been established to work in partnership with the Department for Transport in developing the InterCity Express Programme – the IEP – to replace Britain’s ageing fleet of Intercity High Speed Trains. The IEP will provide a new generation of highly reliable and efficient trains for the Great Western and East Coast Main Lines and will set new standards of train performance and passenger satisfaction in the UK.
In July 2012 Agility Trains West (Agility), entered into a contract for the first phase of the IEP to provide 57 new trains to replace the Intercity 125 stock on the Great Western Main Line, running from London to Reading, Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea. In addition to providing the trains, Agility will fund the construction of two new purpose-built train maintenance centres at Swansea and Bristol and extensively refurbish a third facility in west London. The new IEP trains go into passenger service on the Great Western Main Line in 2017 to July 2018 and Agility in partnership with Hitachi Rail Europe will provide full maintenance services for the next 27.5 years. For more information visit the Great Western Main Line section.
In July 2012 Agility Trains East (Agility) entered into a contract for the second phase of the IEP to provide 65 new trains on the East Coast Main Line from London to Doncaster, Leeds, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Inverness. This contract required Agility to seek to finance the second phase of IEP and this was achieved in April 2014. Agility will fund the construction of a new purpose built train maintenance facility in Doncaster and will also refurbish, and manage, three further facilities, one in Edinburgh and two in north London. The new IEP trains will be brought into passenger service in 2018 to February 2020 and Agility in partnership with Hitachi Rail Europe will again provide whole life train maintenance services for 27.5 years. For more information visit the East Coast Main Line section.
For both the Great Western and the East Coast IEP contracts the Agility companies will provide a combination of Hitachi Rail Europe manufactured fully electric (Class 801) and bi-mode (Class 800) trains, with the latter being able to operate using either diesel or electric propulsion. The Hitachi Class 800/801 trains will be manufactured in a brand new state-of-the-art Rail Vehicle Manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe in the north-east of England. The IEP fleet will provide increased capacity and significantly improved reliability, while enhancing the passenger experience with more modern trains, better interiors and seating arrangements delivering faster journey times.
The Agility Trains West shareholder group consists of Hitachi Rail Europe (70%) and John Laing Investments (30%). The Agility Trains East shareholder group consists of Hitachi Rail Europe (70%) and John Laing Investments (30%).
For more information on the Intercity Express Programme please visit:
For more information on the Hitachi Class 800/801 Trains please visit:
Hitachi Rail Europe: http://www.hitachirail-eu.com/super-express-iep_57.html
For more information on the shareholders of Agility Trains West and Agility Trains East please visit:
Hitachi Rail Europe: http://www.hitachirail-eu.com
John Laing: http://www.laing.com/