The first of the four 11-car Pendolino high-speed tilting trains to be delivered by Alstom arrived this week in Liverpool, UK, for a six-month programme of testing and commissioning.
Under the agreement signed between train lessor Angel Trains, the UK Department for Transport and Alstom in 2008, the trains were delivered as part of the Pendolino extension programme to add 106 new carriages to the fleet operating on the West Coast Main Line.
Pendolino Train Properties
Alstom will also extend 31 of the 52 existing trains operating on the West Coast Main Line from nine to 11 cars by the end of 2012, providing over 7,000 extra seats in total.
Each 11-car train will be 265m long and able to carry 589 passengers.
The four vehicles and the additional carriages will be manufactured at Alstom’s unit in Savigliano, Italy, and the power modules will be provided by Alstom’s site in Preston.
The remaining three 11-car trains will be delivered for testing at the Liverpool site in January, August and December 2012, while the integration of additional carriages into the existing trains is due to begin in Liverpool in April 2012.