Alstom extends partnership with CrossCountry

Super Voyager Alstom

Alstom has successfully clinched an extensive eight-year contract extension with CrossCountry in the United Kingdom, a substantial agreement valued at approximately 950 million euros. This contract extension serves as a concrete testament to the enduring partnership and the trust CrossCountry has vested in Alstom.

As part of this extended agreement, Alstom is committed to maintaining, overhauling, servicing, and cleaning CrossCountry’s Voyager and Super Voyager fleet until 2031. The fleet in question comprises 252 vehicles stationed at the Central Rivers primary depot, with an additional seven Voyagers transitioning from Avanti West Coast to augment CrossCountry’s existing fleet.

Central Rivers Depot

Contract scope

Within the scope of this comprehensive contract, Alstom will carry out a range of essential services, covering both planned (preventative) and unplanned (corrective) maintenance, essential overhaul activities, routine vehicle cleaning, and light maintenance services. This includes the provision of a 24/7 telephone helpline, depot management, shunting, obsolescence monitoring, and the efficient handling of accident/vandalism repairs.

One noteworthy aspect of this contract is the implementation of the Intelligent Engine Stop-Start (IESS) system across the fleet. This innovative system is poised to significantly reduce fuel consumption, emissions, and operational costs, making it a substantial step towards enhancing sustainability in the transportation sector. Collaborative efforts will also focus on identifying and implementing further fuel-saving measures and weight-reduction initiatives to further reduce emissions produced by the fleet.

Operating under the ownership of Beacon Rail, the Voyagers serve a crucial role in the CrossCountry network, connecting passengers across a vast geographical expanse, from Aberdeen in Scotland to Penzance in England. These Alstom Voyager and Super Voyager intercity trains have been steadfastly serving passengers in England, Scotland, and Wales for over two decades, accumulating an impressive track record of more than 414 million miles travelled and achieving speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour. This extended contract underscores the continued commitment to delivering reliable and efficient rail services to the public.

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