British Rail Class 730
|British Rail Class 730 Aventra|
|In service||2021 (planned)|
|Built at||Derby Litchurch Lane Works|
|Number under construction||81 trainsets|
|Formation||36 x 3 cars|
45 x 5 cars
|Operator(s)||West Midlands Trains|
90 mph (145 km/h)
730/1 & /2:
110 mph (177 km/h)
|Electric system(s)||25 kV AC (OHLE)|
|Current collection method||Pantograph|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The British Rail Class 730 Aventra is a class of electric multiple units to be built by Bombardier for West Midlands Trains. Two separate batches are planned to be built, with 36 three-car units intended to be operated on suburban services on the Cross-City Line by West Midlands Railway, and 45 five-car units for suburban and long-distance services from Euston by London Northwestern Railway.
In October 2017, West Midlands Trains was awarded the franchise to operate both local rail services around Birmingham and the West Midlands, suburban services to London Euston, and long-distance inter-urban services operating from both Euston and Birmingham New Street. At the time the franchise was awarded, the company announced that it would procure more than 100 new trains at a cost of £680m to replace older rolling stock and enhance its fleet. Of these, a total of 81 EMUs were ordered from Bombardier Transportation from its Aventra product range. They will be built at Derby Litchurch Lane Works. The first completed train was unveiled in September 2020.
Testing and Introduction into Service
The Class 730 was tested in Velim in the Czech Republic, as well as in the UK. They will enter service in mid 2021 to 2022. They will be the first of West Midlands Train's new fleet to enter service. The introduction these trains will allow the class 323 to be cascaded to other routes on the network. The trains will be serviced at a new depot a new train maintenance depot at the site of the old Bescot freight yard in Wednesbury.
Some will be put under the LNWR brand name, whereas some will carry the West Midlands Railway livery and branding.
The two separate batches will be constructed to operate at different maximum speeds to suit different uses. The three-car Class 730/0 train - designed for Cross-City Line inner suburban services - will operate at up to 90 mph (140 km/h). The five-car Class 730/1 and 730/2 trains - designed for outer suburban services and long distance services respectively - will operate at up to 110 mph (180 km/h). They will double capacity on the cross city line.
|Class||Operator||No. Built||Year Built||Cars per Unit||Unit nos.|
|Class 730/0||West Midlands Trains||36||2020-21||3||730001–730036|
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