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Rail News: Issue 318 24 Aug 2007

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Investment, Regional rail, Govia, Other, Siemens, West Midlands

Porterbrook signs for West Midlands Desiros

Rolling stock lessor Porterbrook has signed a deal with German-based manufacturer Siemens for 37 four car Siemens Class 350 Desiro Electric Multiple Units for the new West Midlands franchise. Deliveries to Govia’s new London Midland business are expected to commence in October 2008. The units will be capable of 100mph and will primarily operate on London to Birmingham services.

Rail minister Tom Harris said: “Delivering new rolling stock was a key element of the new West Midlands...

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