First TransPennine’s new maintenance depot opens

First TransPennine’s new maintenance depot opens

16 May 2006

Siemens’ new £30m train maintenance depot for First TransPennine Express has been officially opened by new transport secretary, Douglas Alexander MP.

Vernon Barker (L) and Douglas Alexander MPThe depot, at Ardwick in Manchester, will look after First TransPennine’s new fleet of class 185 trains that were introduced late last year. All 51 of the new German built, three carriage trains will be on the network by early 2007.

Facilities at the depot, built on previously derelict land, include a new wheel lathe, bogie drop, train wash and fuelling area. A second depot at York is due for completion later this year.

Douglas Alexander said: “This is great news for passengers in the north of England and I welcome the investment. It should allow for trains to be maintained to a high standard and raise the quality of rail journeys.”

Christian Roth, managing director of Siemens Transportation Systems added: “The opening of this depot underlines the commitment of all the partners who have worked together to give the best possible technical support to this fleet of trains.”

The Ardwick depot is a joint initiative between Siemens, First TransPennine Express, the government, and HSBC Rail.

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