Aventra

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Aventra
Unit 345007 at Shenfield 7th July 2017 06.jpg
Manufacturer Bombardier Transportation
Built at Derby Litchurch Lane Works England
Replaced Class 172
Class 315
Class 317
Class 321
Class 360
Class 379
Class 387
Class 378
Class 455
Class 456
Class 458
Constructed 2016–present
Operator(s)
Depot(s)
Specifications
Weight 30–35 tonnes (30–34 long tons; 33–39 short tons) per car[1]
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC (OHLE),
750 V DC (Third rail)
Current collection method Pantograph, Contact shoe
Bogies Flexx-Eco[2]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The Aventra is a British family of electric multiple unit (EMU) passenger trains designed by Bombardier Transportation, as a successor to the Electrostar.

Description[edit]

The train has been designed to be lighter and more efficient, with increased reliability.[3] It will have lightweight all-welded bodies, wide gangways and doors to shorten boarding times in stations, and ERTMS.[2] The design incorporates FlexxEco bogies which have been used in service on Voyagers and newer Turbostars.[4] The gangway is designed to allow maximum use of the interior space and ease of movement throughout the train.[5][6]

Orders[edit]

As of December 2017, 2,618 vehicles have been ordered for six operators:

Crossrail[edit]

The first order for Aventra trains covered 65 Class 345 nine-car EMUs (with an option for 17 more) for the London Crossrail project. These will be operated by Crossrail concession holder MTR Crossrail.[7] In July 2017, it was announced that the order would be increased to 70 trains;[8] the contract for the additional trains was signed in March 2018.[9]

London Overground[edit]

London Overground has ordered 45 four-car trains (Class 710), with an option for 24 more, similar to those being used for Crossrail. They will replace Class 315, 317 and 172 on London Overground Lea Valley and Gospel Oak lines as well as replacing the Class 378s currently operating on the Watford DC line and will be operated by London Overground concession holder Arriva Rail London.[10]

Greater Anglia[edit]

In August 2016, Greater Anglia was awarded the new East Anglia franchise, and announced an order with Bombardier for 22 ten-car trains and 89 five-car trains (a total of 665 carriages) as part of a full fleet replacement programme.[11]

South Western Railway[edit]

On 20 June 2017, Bombardier was awarded a contract to build 750 cars for South Western Railway. These will be formed into 30 five-car and 60 ten-car sets and replace its 455, 456, 458 and 707.[12][13]

West Midlands Trains[edit]

On 17 October 2017, Bombardier was selected to provide a total of 333 Class 730 EMU vehicles for West Midlands Trains. These will be formed into three separate types; 36 three-car high capacity 'Metro' units, 29 five-car units for outer suburban services, and 16 five-car units for London-Birmingham services.[14]

c2c[edit]

In December 2017, c2c ordered six 10-car Aventra units, to come into service in summer 2021.[15][16] These will displace six 4-car Class 387 units leased from 2017.[17]

Aventra variants[edit]

Class Operator Introduced Number Power Carriages Carriage Length Door configuration End gangways
Class 345 TfL Rail 2017 70 AC electric 9
(7 from 2017-2019)
24 Plug No
Class 710 London Overground 2018 31 AC electric 4 20 Plug No
17 Dual voltage 4
6 Dual voltage 5
Class 720 Greater Anglia 2019 89 AC electric 5[18] 24 Plug No
22 10[18]
Class 701 South Western Railway 2019 30 DC electric 5 20? Plug No
60 10
Class 730 West Midlands Trains 2020 36 AC electric 3 20-24? Plug Yes
2021 29 5
16 5
Class 711[19] c2c 2021 6 AC electric 10 24 Plug No

Bombardier have also proposed a bi-mode version of the Aventra platform, intended to be capable of speeds up to 125 miles per hour (200 km/h).[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weight-loss drives step-change". The Rail Engineer (October 2009). Archived from the original on 22 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b Bednall, Joe (June 2010). "A low impact commuter train". Rail Professional (159). p. 27.
  3. ^ "Aventra – Proven Innovation". The Rail Engineer (60): 17–19. October 2009.
  4. ^ "Bombardier's Aventra – A new era in train performance". www.rail.co. 21 March 2011. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012.
  5. ^ "The customer is king". The Rail Engineer (65). March 2010. pp. 28–29.
  6. ^ Bedminster, Paula (December 2009). "The lightweight Aventra" (PDF). Rail Professional (153). pp. 8–9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Bombardier wins Crossrail train contract". Railway Gazette International. London. 6 February 2014.
  8. ^ "TfL to order more Elizabeth line trains". Global Rail News. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  9. ^ "More Crossrail trains ordered". Metro Report International. 27 March 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  10. ^ Sadler, Katie (3 July 2015). "Bombardier to supply and maintain 180 AVENTRA vehicles for London Overground". European Railway Review. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  11. ^ Barrow, Keith (10 August 2016). "Abellio clinches East Anglia franchise". International Railway Journal. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  12. ^ Johnson, Robin (20 June 2017). "Derby's Bombardier lands South West Trains order worth almost £900 million". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  13. ^ FirstGroup and MTR order 750 EMU cars for South Western franchise International Railway Journal 20 June 2017
  14. ^ "Bombardier and CAF win West Midlands train contracts". Railway Gazette. 17 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Bombardier to supply Aventra EMUs to c2c". Railway Gazette. 14 December 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  16. ^ Briginshaw, David (14 December 2017). "Britain's c2c franchise orders Aventra EMUs". International Railway Journal. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  17. ^ "New trains boost to deal with 'unprecedented' demand". Railnews. 13 April 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  18. ^ a b "New trains as Abellio scoops East Anglia franchise". www.railmagazine.com.
  19. ^ "Passenger specifications for SWR Class 701s". Rail (846): 32. 14 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Bombardier bi-mode Aventra to feature battery power". Rail Magazine. 29 March 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2018.

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