TransPennine Class 185 under maintenance by Siemens Mobility.

Siemens bags services deal for TransPennine Express trains worth half a billion

TransPennine Class 185 under maintenance by Siemens Mobility at Ardwick. Siemens Mobility

Siemens Mobility has secured an order for the servicing of trains running on the TransPennine Express routes. The contract is for a duration of 8 years, until 2031, and carries a value of 530 million euro. While much of the condition monitoring happens remotely, the servicing will nonetheless support some 200 jobs in the north of England.

The Class 185 trains, owned by EversholtRail Leasing and leased back to operator Transpennine Trains, have been under service by Siemens Mobility since 2006. The contract announced on Wednesday therefore means an 8-year extension.

The service and maintenance contract includes 51 Class 185 train sets, originally manufactured by Siemens Mobility. They are fitted with the company’s cloud-based Railigent X application suite. This means that condition monitoring is done remotely. It also means that maintenance teams receive specific updates on the performance of each individual train set, so that work can be carried on in a more targeted fashion.

The trains operate on routes between Manchester, Sheffield and Cleethorpes and Manchester to Hull. As such, most of the maintenance work will be carried out at Manchester’s Ardwick depot. Other maintenance sites are those in York and Cleethorpes. Siemens Mobility has 13-such maintenance depots un the UK.

There are 572 Siemens-built trains on UK tracks, which equates to around a quarter of all trains in the country. The company services a total of 587 units.

Author: Nick Augusteijn

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