Following the Government’s announcement to electrify the Great Western Main Line from London to Cardiff and on to Swansea, in July 2012 Agility Trains West entered into the first phase contract under the Intercity Express Programme with the Department for Transport for the provision of 57 new trains and associated depot facilities.

 

The IEP utilises a structure under which Agility Trains West contracts with DfT to design, build and finance the trains (and associated depots) and, separately, with the Train Operating Company (the TOC, which holds the franchise) to introduce them into service and then make them available to the TOC, on a no-train, no-pay basis, thereafter.

The Fleet

Agility Trains West will use the Hitachi-made Class 800/801 trains to replace the existing Intercity 125 High Speed Train fleet and to make a daily operational fleet available to the TOC.

The trains will be a combination of fully electric and bi-mode trains, the latter having the ability to operate with either diesel or electric propulsion and hence operate across those parts of the Great Western network which are not electrified, and will be provided in a combination of 9-car and 5-car formations. 

 

5-car

9-car

Total

Bi-mode Trains

36

-

36

Electric Trains

-

21

21

Total

36

21

57

 

Depots

The GWML IEP contract requires Agility Trains West, through Hitachi, to construct two new purpose built depot facilities and undertake a major refurbishment of an existing depot facility.  Construction on the three sites in West London, Bristol and Swansea began in 2012 and is progressing well.  Hitachi will be the Depot Facility Owner at these depots.

West London (North Pole depot)
The North Pole depot site in West London was previously used for the Eurostar fleet.  Agility Trains West will extensively refurbish the mile long site and establish two new main line connections.

Bristol (Stoke Gifford depot)
The Stoke Gifford site is located west of Bristol Parkway station, and is on a brown field site previously used as a refuse tip.  Agility Trains West will redevelop the site and provide a new purpose built, state of the art depot, incorporating 20 kilometres of new track and three new connections to the Great Western Main line. 

Swansea (Swansea Maliphant depot)
The Swansea Maliphant site is currently a combination of operational and disused, derelict sidings.  Agility Trains West will redevelop the site completely to provide a new depot and stabling.  Unlike North Pole and Stoke Gifford, the site is currently in use and the works are being undertaken alongside existing train operations.