Transpennine Trains Limited awarded Siemens Mobility a contract extension for the maintenance of 51-strong Class 185 train fleet serving TransPennine Express routes operating between Manchester, Sheffield and Cleethorpes and Manchester to Hull from northwest of England depots.
The EUR 530 million contract covers an 8-year extension ending in 2031. The majority of maintenance work will take place at Ardwick Depot, Manchester and subsidiary depots at York and Cleethorpes.
Under the contract, Mobility will work closely with the operator, TranspennineTrains Limited, and train owner, EversholtRail to ensure the continued reliable service of the Class 185s throughout the extended contract.
“Suppliers like Siemens are vital in making sure that customers remain at the heart of everything that we do and we are committed to offering the best passenger experience when people choose to travel with us,” David Walker, Head of Fleet Commercial for TransPennine Express said.
The contract extension will continue to support around 200 jobs across Siemens Mobility depots in the north of England. Siemens Mobility has been maintaining the fleet since 2006 and has delivered a programme to provide a full digital upgrade to the 51-strong fleet leading to improved reliability.
“We look forward to working with TransPennine Trains Limited and Siemens Mobility to continue to deliver a reliable Class 185 train fleet for passengers”, Paul Sutherland, Client Services Director at Eversholt Rail said.
The Class 185s use Siemens Mobility’s cloud based Railigent X application suite, this means the trains are fitted with remote condition monitoring which allows the teams to get direct updates on each train and how it is performing, including any areas that need to be prioritised for maintenance.
The technology provides updates on individual vehicles as well an accurate picture across the whole fleet, ensuring the 20-year-old trains can give the best passenger experience. This technology has meant the train fleet has performed consistently well, winning industry reliability awards.
The Class 185 train fleet was manufactured by Siemens Mobility and EversholtRail Leasing owns the rolling stock which is leased back to the operator, Transpennine Trains Limited.