Eversholt Rail and First Great Western signed a £361 million (EUR 514.6 million) contract to procure and finance 173 new AT300 vehicles. The fleet will comprise 22 five-car and 7 nine-car trains, and is scheduled to enter service by December 2018.
The new rolling stock will be the AT300 bi-mode trains built by Hitachi Rail Europe. The fleet of trains will run on the West of England services on the First Great Western franchise primarily from London Paddington to Plymouth and Penzance.
“With this deal we continue to grow our fleet and our relationship with First Great Western and once again partner with Hitachi and build on our successful introduction of the Class 395 fleet for HS1,” Mary Kenny, Chief Executive Officer of Eversholt Rail Group said.